This is our wonderful Saint Norbert with Monstrance Plaque. Saint Norbert of Xanten (1080-1134) was the founder of a community of Augustinian canons at Premontre, France, which later became known as the Premonstratensians (Norbertines). This bronze plaque is a most fitting gift for a confirmation, birthday, the feast day of St. Norbert (June 6th) and, of course, for Christmas as a “stocking stuffer.”
A Solid Bronze Wall Plaque
This large solid bronze wall plaque (p736g, 7.9 x 6.3 inches) will hang in the office or at home on any wall with ease. This plaque – conceived and cast in Germany by a master bronze-smith of world renonwn – is a most suitable gift for that special “Norbert” in your life!
St. Norbert – From Lax Cleric to Fervent Reformer
In his clerical career St. Norbert would never have been mistaken for a church reformer! As a cleric he lead a very cushy and undemanding existence as a church “professional.” Little to nothing was really expected of him and in return he was rewarded handsomely for his non-labors. But St. Norbert was soon literally knocked off his horse in his own version of St. Paul’s “road to Damascus” experience. This transformed him into a fervent reformer of clerical life. On this plaque, St. Norbert is depicted here as the Archbishop of Magdeburg grasping the two-beamed crozier in his left hand and the monstrance in his right. The monstrance symbolizes St. Norbert’s passion for defending the hierarchical church and sacramental system against some radical reformers. In a story about his devotion to the Eucharist, he is said to have drunk a poisonous spider in order not to defile the Lord’s blood. The spider later crawled out his nose! (For more on St. Norbert and the spider, go to the History/Story tab.)