One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(in the Roman Catholic Church) an open or transparent receptacle in which the consecrated Host is exposed for veneration.
- ‘Nonetheless, reliquaries and monstrances continued to be made, the former usually as caskets with glass sides, although traditional forms also survived into the 18th and 19th centuries.’
- ‘The monstrance containing the Eucharist came in procession from the North Cathedral, down Roman Street and across the Lee to make its way to Daunt Square.’
- ‘In accordance with her last wishes, diamond flowers and leaves from her tiara surround the container for the host of a monstrance made in 1874 for the Church of the Sacre Coeur at Issoudon.’
- ‘In the hill town in the Maremma, though few go to church, they still decorate the pavements with flowers for the Corpus Christi procession, school children still scatter rose petals before the monstrance and the Madonna.’
- ‘All afternoon, people have come and gone, kneeling before the blessed sacrament in the golden monstrance on the side altar.’
- ‘Many of them suggest ritual objects of a kind that stand like monstrances on an altar.’
- ‘The pope in his distinguishing robe and tiara carries a monstrance containing the holy Eucharist, as clerics process before him and the laity behind.’
- ‘The object held by the angels at the base shares the metalwork-like form of a monstrance.’
- ‘The boys begin by carrying in the monstrance, a huge, gilded altarpiece that holds and displays the Sacrament.’
- ‘For the last section of the procession, including Macquarie Street past the state parliament, the sacred host in its gold monstrance was enshrined on a silk-lined float drawn by ten deacons from St Patrick's College at Manly.’
- ‘Besides heavily ornate vestments, stoles, monstrance, pulpits, bells, paintings, representations of the Way of the Cross and statues of saints are among the major attractions.’
Late Middle English (also in the sense ‘demonstration or proof’): from medieval Latin monstrantia, from Latin monstrare ‘to show’.
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