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The monstrance and tabernacle are important because of what they are designed and intended to hold: the Real Presence of the Risen Christ in the consecrated bread and consecrated wine of the Eucharist. If we did not profess this most radical belief in the Real Presence of Jesus Christ under the appearances of bread and wine, then there would be no need for special, dedicated, and consecrated vessels to hold the Eucharistic Real Presence after the Mass for spiritual sustenance to the sick and, secondly, to display the Eucharist for personal and communal devotion. A monstrance—also known as an ostensorium (ostensory)—is designed to foster and deepen one’s personal devotion to the Risen Christ through private adoration of the Eucharist and the public Benediction of this most Blessed Sacrament. The word monstrance comes from the Latin word monstrare (to show), while the word ostensorium is from the Latin word ostendere (to display). The tabernacle (Hebrew: מִשְׁכַּן, mishkan for “tent,” “residence” or “dwelling place”) was, according to the Hebrew Bible, the portable earthly dwelling place for the Shekhinah (Divine Presence) from the time of the Exodus from Egypt through the conquering of the land of Canaan. In the Catholic faith the Divine Presence is accessible and available to our senses in the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist. And so the Real Presence is “housed” after the Liturgy of the Eucharist in its own tabernacle. This tabernacle has either its own dedicated chapel in or near the main church, or a prominent place within the church sanctuary.
Because the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist is sacred and holy, it is only fitting that the monstrance which displays Christ in the Eucharist and the tabernacle which shelters Him be beautiful, artistically impressive, nobly composed, aesthetically compelling, and inviting to prayer, worship and adoration. The tabernacles and monstrances in the Creator Mundi collection are all of this and more.