This breathtaking Sunburst Tabernacle is made of hand cast polished bronze and adorned with an amethyst and mountain crystals. The patina is applied by hand and the piece is hand polished. There are double doors and this tabernacle measures 12 inches wide x 10.4 inches high x 9.6 inches deep. It is a true work of beauty, sure to be a focal point and source of inspiration and active service, in any church or chapel.
Built of Living Stones
“In reverent prayer before the reserved Eucharist, the faithful give praise and thanksgiving to Christ for the priceless gift of redemption and for the spiritual food that sustains them in their daily lives. Here they learn to appreciate their right and responsibility to join the offering of their own lives to the perfect sacrifice of Christ during the Mass and are led to a greater recognition of Christ in themselves and in others, especially in the poor and needy.” (Built Of Living Stones #71).
Tabernacle – God “tents” among us
The tabernacle is only important because of what it is designed and intended to hold: the Real Presence of the Risen Christ in the consecrated bread and consecrated wine of the Eucharist. If Catholics 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 a special, dedicated, and consecrated place to hold the Eucharistic Real Presence after the Mass. 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 (tabernaculum is Latin for “tent”). This tabernacle has either its own dedicated chapel in or near the main church, or a prominent place within the church sanctuary itself.
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.