There are relics of St. Pantaleon found all over Europe. His head is venerated at Lyon, at the Basilica of the Vierzehnheiligen in Germany he is venerated with his hands nailed to his head, many churches, shrines and monasteries have been named for him, other relics can be found at Saint Denis in Paris. By far the most fascinating aspect of his veneration concerns his blood.
Dr Ciarán O’Keeffe is a parapsychologist with a particular fascination for “Religious Parapsychology” – paranormal phenomena occurring within a religious context. His fascination drew him to a little- known monastery in the centre of Madrid which had a relic room containing hundreds of religious relics (including, allegedly, a piece of the True Cross). Monasterio de la Encarnación also houses a phial of St. Pantaleon's blood, permanently kept in a glass capsule, which remains solid throughout the year apart from on his feast day when it liquefies for 24 hours. According to legend, if it does not liquefy disaster will follow. This talk presents the findings concerning Dr O’Keeffe’s investigation of St. Pantaleon's blood (and miracle blood generally), but also the subjective reports from many of his followers. The San Pantaleon Miracle was not then the reported physical transformation of his blood, but the focus for the ostensible healing power.
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