Imelda Lambertini

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Blessed Imelda Lambertini
Born 1322
Bologna, Italy
Died May 12, 1333
Valdipietra, Bologna
Venerated in Roman Catholic Church
Beatified 1826
Feast May 12
Attributes Incorruptibility
Patronage First communicants

Blessed Imelda Lambertini (1322 – May 12, 1333) is the patroness of First Holy Communicants.

Early life[edit]

Lambertini was born in 1322 in Bologna, the only child of Count Egano Lambertini[1] and Castora Galuzzi. Her parents were devout Catholics and were known for their charity and generosity to the underprivileged of Bologna. On her fifth birthday, she requested to receive Holy Eucharist; however the custom at the time was that children did not receive their First Holy Communion until age 12. Lambertini would sometimes exclaim: "Tell me, can anyone receive Jesus into his heart and not die?"[citation needed]

She joined a cloistered Dominican community at age nine in Valdipietra, near Bologna, which was unusual to do for a girl at her age.

On May 12, 1333, the day of the vigil of the Ascension, she knelt in prayer and the "Light of the Host" was witnessed above her head by the Sacristan, who then fetched the Priest so he could see. After seeing this miracle, the priest felt compelled admit her to receiving the Eucharist. Immediately after receiving it, Imelda fell to the floor and died in complete ecstasy. Her remains are kept in Bologna at the Church of San Sigismondo, beneath the wax effigy of her likeness. There still remains some controversy as to whether Blessed Imelda can be classified as incorrupt. Many[who?] argue that contrary to popular belief, she is not truly incorrupt. Many other sources, including the Church of San Sigismondo[citation needed], steadfastly claim that she is incorrupt.


Lambertini was beatified by Pope Leo XII in 1826.


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