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Excavating the nun’s grave after 4 years of burial, amazed to witness the “miracle” in the coffin ‎

Visitors are flocking to the ‘Miracle in Missouri’ after nuns exhumed the nearly intact body of Sister Wilhelmina Lancaster in the small town of Gower, Missouri

Sister Wilhelmina Lancaster died at the age of 95 in May 2019 (Image: Facebook)

Her body has gone on display and thousands of people have flocked to witness the ‘Miracle in Missouri’.

Sister Wilhelmina, who at the age of 70 founded the Benedictine Sisters of Mary, Queen of the Apostles, was exhumed last Thursday.

Benedictine sisters dug up the coffin so they could move it to beneath the altar when they made the stunning discovery.

Sister Wilhelmina founded the Benedictine Sisters of Mary, Queen of the Apostles at the age of 70 (Image: The Benedictines of Mary Queen of Apostles)

“We went out to her grave to say the rosary after the sisters finished the digging,” one sister said.

“Mother Abbess Cecilia looked through the crack made in the coffin, which very clearly occurred soon after her burial.

“She saw a totally intact foot with the sock on, looking just like it did when we had buried her. She could not help but scream with joy.”

They added: “We took turns feeling the still-socked feet, very damp, but all there. The dirt that fell in early on had pushed down on her facial features, especially the right eye, so we did place a wax mask over it.

“But her eyelashes, hair, eyebrows, nose and lips were all present, her mouth just about to smile.”

The sister continued: “After we cleaned off the mould and mildew because of the wet conditions in the coffin, it looked like we had just put [the habit] on her that day.

The body was exhumed last Thursday ahead of being placed under the altar (Image: Facebook)

“This was a testament to her love for the sisterhood and what she was passing down to us who followed her.”

Now on display, a sign next to the body says “Please be gentle when touching sister’s body, especially her feet!”

Associate professor and director of forensic anthropology at Western Carolina University Nicholas Passalacqua told the news outlet that the sister’s body may have been well preserved depending on temperature, the environment the body is in and if it was been chemically treated.

“The warmer it is, the more active bacteria and enzymes will be and also the more active insect scavengers will be because their metabolisms are correlated to ambient temperature,” the professor said.

“If the remains have been treated with chemicals, then this will drastically slow the decomposition process.”

The body is on display until May 29 and it will then be moved to the altar.