our Lord, and he prayed God to give him a sign to free him from soul-rending doubt. Each day on the Altar he raised to heaven the particle pronouncing the solemn formula; “Hoc est enim corpus meuus”, andhe raised the Chalice, saying: “Hic est enim calix sanguinis mei”, buthis mind was assailed by doubt and his heart tortured.One day he decided to go to Rome in pilgrimage, to invoke the gift of faith praying on the tomb of St. Peter and St. Paul. On his way toRome he reached Bolsena, where a church had been built in honour of the Martyr Virgin, Saint Christina.Peter wished to celebrate Mass on the Saint’s tomb and, having put onthe sacred vestments, came to the little altar, surrounded by four columns supporting a marble baldachin. He prayed, begging God togive him faith, Faith that would reach beyond reason, enabling him to believe without proof, not taking into account material appearances.Many times he had prayed thus, tortured, assailed by doubt, but nolight had come to him.The moment of consecration came and Peter raised the particle toheaven. And then -- behold -- there came the divine answer to hisdesperate prayer: the particle was not any more a piece of unleavened bread: it was living flesh, dripping blood. The priest, bewildered,wrapped the particle in the Corporal and left the Altar, taking refugein the Sacristy. A few drops of blood marked his progress on thefloor.At that time Pope Urbanus IV was in Orvieto: Peter of Praguehastened to see him, telling him of the miracle and also of his doubts.The Pope, having comforted him, ordered the Bishop of Orvieto to goat once to Bolsena to ascertain the facts and to bring back the signs of the miracle. While, the Bishop, was coming back from Bolsena, thePope, already convinced that this was indeed a miracle, came out tomeet him on the bridge which is known to this day as “the Bridge of the Sun”, followed by his court, the clergy and Orvieto’s entire population.