Bleeding rock could end up a miracle




Holy Name Catholic Church priest Rev. Michael Wensing speaks to a crowd Tuesday at the Church about what he and others witnessed a year ago in the Garden of Gethsemane in Israel.



November 4, 2016 - Reported in [] from We spoke the other day to a priest from South Dakota, Father Michael Wensing, who a year ago this past week experienced what he, his pilgrimage group, and the custodian for Franciscan shrines in the Holy Land believe was a miracle.

It was during a trip that began November 4, 2015, that Father Wensing was celebrating an early Mass at the Church of All Cities next to the Garden of Gethsemane that it occurred. This was before other pilgrims arrived for the day. “I knew the Franciscans and so before other pilgrims got there, I was able to say Mass,” Father Wensing, of Holy Name Catholic Church in Watertown, told Spirit Daily. “They opened Communion rails at the rock for us usually this is closed to pilgrims.”

“Afterward, half an hour after we had started, I was quickly divesting and I heard people shouting, ‘Come back, father, come back. Something amazing is happening. Look at this rock!’ “It was glistening with moisture and I thought, ‘Maybe it’s like dew on a car in the morning,’ but cars don’t get dew in a garage.” The rock is indoors. In place of the moisture, three quarter-sized pools of blood had appeared — lasting for a just short time before evaporating. “There was an an indentation on the rock and in it was what looked like blood,” says the priest. “I was just stunned. I knelt down and blessed myself with the water and blood. One woman tasted it and said it tasted like a nosebleed.”

It was at the Garden that Christ sweated Blood, of course, and the combination of water and Blood also recalls the Crucifixion itself, when the Lord’s side was pierced. It is timely — this account — at a moment in history when we need to plead that Blood. The liquid may have disappeared quickly, but not before being photographed. We stood outside as tourists were ready to be admitted and gathered all their evidence,” recalled the priest. “There had been twenty-one cameras and cell phones clicking.” Some also took samples on things such as a finger or on a tissue. “We sent all the evidence to the custodian, the Franciscan friar, in charge of all Franciscan shrines in Israel, Father Pierbattista Pizzaballa, now archbishop-patriarch of Jerusalem, and later he flew from Jerusalem to D.C. and met with Beth Kenny [one of the pilgrims]. He instructed friars to wipe it every morning now to see if there is a sign. He believes it was a miracle.” 

In the eight centuries since the Franciscans first began to care for the Garden, no known sign of blood ever emerged from the Rock of Agony where Jesus prayed. Noted a newspaper: “As Wensing was leading the Mass, that all changed.”  A local radio station, KXLG-FM, has also reported on it and includes an interview on its website. The message? Among others, believes Father Wensing, that “Christ still suffering with Christians in the Middle East.” Perhaps elsewhere as well.


January 21, 2016 - From  Local residents still trying to wrap around baffling and stunning spiritual experience during a recent holy land tour. KXLG aired a unique interview today with Father Mike Wensing of Holy Name Catholic Church, Carol Rinehart and Susie Faehn.  The interview detailed what happened to their group of 20 individuals who made a trip to the Holy Land in October of last year.  Susie Faehn of Watertown, South Dakota, Carol Rinehart of Kranzburg, South Dakota and Father Wensing were all part of the group.  

As part of their visit they stopped at the “Church Of All Cities” near the Garden Of Gethsemane back on November 4th of 2015.  This is the garden at the foot of the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem and is most famous as the place where Jesus Prayed and his disciples slept before the crucifixion.  Located in the middle of this area is the alleged rock where Jesus prayed.  It was here on November 4th during their visit that Father Wensing was invited to pray Mass.  It was in the morning when, during this Mass, that the visitors witnessed something beyond belief and explanation.  The rock where Jesus allegedly prayed began emitting physical moisture and droplets.   Even more intriguing the moisture looked like and tasted like blood with a red appearance.

Photo taken by the group shows the red moisture forming within the rock.  Notice the very red appearance at the center of the photo.  That is a pool of red liquid that appeared before the very eyes of those participating in the mass around the rock. Some, including Carol dipped into the liquid with her finger tip and touched it to her mouth.  She said it tasted and looked like blood. Yet another visitor took a paper napkin and dabbed her finger in the substance and printed it onto a paper napkin.  It was then photographed.  The napkin was sent off to church officials for further inspection.  Because the event was being investigated by experts and church officials not much has been said about this very unusual and highly spiritual event until now. 

Just this past week Father Wensing said he was given permission to talk about the experience that still has everyone baffled and stunned.  The details of what everyone saw and experienced has been documented and sent off to Catholic church officials for review.  To date there has been no attempt to downplay, minimize, invalidate, contradict or silence what happened.  KXLG invited three individuals from among the group of tourists who experienced the event to participate in an interview on KXLG Thursday morning January 21st, 2016 to recount their experience that day.