Throwback Thursday: Angels carried Jesus’ house from Nazareth to Europe!?!?

Photo above: Pope Francis inside the alleged “Holy House of Loreto”

Welcome to this week’s edition of “Throwback Thursday.” For today’s installment, we’re going to revisit a post that was originally published back on July 31st, 2015 and has been revised.


As early-Christianity became increasingly institutionalized and began to adopt many of the elements of paganism, there was a frenzied race to acquire items mentioned in the Bible, including the alleged personal effects of Jesus and his family. Centuries before scientific authentication, churches vied against each other for the most spectacular “relics.” Making their appearance, sometimes at multiple sites, were pieces of the “true cross,” the crown of thorns, the water pots of Cana, the crib of Jesus, the baby clothes of Jesus, Jesus’s foreskin, Joseph’s carpenter tools, the cup used at the Last Supper, the empty purse of Judas, Pilate’s basin, nails from the cross, Mary’s breast milk, etc., etc. The focus of Catholicism has always been on the created rather than the Creator (Romans 1:25).

Perhaps the most audacious claim for a relic (besides Jesus’s “Holy Prepuce,” i.e., foreskin) is the alleged Holy House of Nazareth located inside the Basilica at Loreto, Italy. Catholic tradition claims Mary grew up in this small 13′ by 31′ stone house and that Jesus was raised in it, also. According to Catholic tradition, angels carried the house from Nazareth in Palestine to Tersatto, Croatia in 1291. Not content with that site, the angels moved the house to Recanti, Italy and finally to Loreto in 1295.

Lest anyone think the grizzled Catholic hierarchy just winks at this ridiculous myth, popes “saint” John XXIII, Benedict XVI and Francis (above photo) have visited the house, signifying their stamp of approval.

Catholic friends, accepting Jesus Christ as one’s personal Savior by faith alone is the thing, NOT collecting and venerating bogus religious relics!

Postscript 1: Modern Catholic revisionists understood the sheer ridiculousness of the Holy House of Loreto myth and have concocted a more plausible explanation, positing that a mysterious aristocratic family, the “Angelos,” sponsored the physical relocation of the house from Palestine to Europe, which gradually gave rise to the popular myth of “angels” flying the house over the Mediterranean.

Postscript 2: I noticed that our library recently acquired “The Miraculous Flying House of Loreto: Spreading Catholicism in the Early Modern World” (2019) by Karin Vélez. I put a hold on this book and will be reading it soon.

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Below is a six-minute video providing some of the faux history of the “Holy House.”

22 thoughts on “Throwback Thursday: Angels carried Jesus’ house from Nazareth to Europe!?!?

  1. I’m sorry but Mary’s what now? I love this blog, and I pray for you daily, but I could have gone my entire life without knowing that particular bit of information 😂🤣😂 Surely I’m not the only one that finds the internets obsession with the topic of feeding babies disturbing? I can’t go on any social media platform without seeing someone proudly posting photos of themselves feeding in public. 😖 I don’t care how natural it is, lots of things are natural that we don’t do in public! At least, not here in the USA.

    I appreciate everything else about this article, brother. 🤪 Must have been an odd thing to type for you.

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    1. Sister, thank you for all the comments and especially for your prayers! When I originally wrote this post four years ago, I remember telling my wife about some of the very strange relics the RCC claimed to possess and she was completely nauseated by the “Holy Prepuce” and requested that I never mention it again. Worse than pineapple on pizza! Yes, I am disgusted myself even as I type these comments. However, for the incredulous who think that I’m being sensationalistic or untruthful, one need only google “blessed Virgin Mary b**** m*** relic” for plentiful verification.

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  2. I listened to “Called to Communion” today. Apparently, our friend David Anders is in Alabama now for a conference and they were broadcasting from there. A woman called in and said that her Protestant family told her that there wasn’t a need to become Romanist because there are no denominations in heaven. David Anders told her that’s like saying you don’t need antibiotics to treat an infection. From what I recall, he also said that the various denominations had snippets of truth, but the Romanists had the fullness of revelation. And he asked that lady if she would rather be in first class on a ship or hanging on to a life raft.

    I just LOLed at that recalling your post today and thought that if these nonsensical teachings are part of the “first class” experience, I’d rather return the ticket.

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    1. Thanks, SB! I haven’t been able to listen to Anders since I was laid off. He’s based in Birmingham and has a job with the diocese offices there overseeing “catechesis.” Your description of Anders’ remarks made me laugh! I heard him say something similar MANY times. Yes, like all Romanists he claims his church possesses the fullness of revelation. That’s like saying “my treadmill is better than your treadmill,” but NO works-righteousness treadmill gets anyone to Heaven. Also, when Anders says the RCC has the fullness of revelation, does he mean pope Francis’ progressive brand of Catholicism or EWTN’s conservative brand because they are not the same?


      1. Thanks! Taking a break from “career transition” stuff today to do yardwork, etc. I heard it was going to rain tonight so I got on the roof and blew the leaves out of the gutters. Risky business.

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      2. Thanks! All went well. I need to buy a cordless blower for the roof so I’m not tripping over the cord up there. It was very windy and rainy here yesterday so the roof and lawn are covered once again – it’s non-stop for the next 5 weeks.

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  3. Have got dreadfully behind in reading posts this past while and just starting to catch up. Always one of the most outrageous of the Romanist relics, and indeed it would be funny were it not so sad.

    The breast milk was a new one on me, how anyone could have the temerity to claim such a thing is almost as hard to believe as the fact that anyone might believe it

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    1. Thanks for the good comments! Yes, all of these relics are outrageous. The merchants and clerics who trafficked in these bogus relics must have been laughing themselves silly at the credulity of the “faithful.”

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