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Monstrance / Ostensorium / Luna / Thabor
A monstrance or ostensorium is used to display the host that is used at Mass. The ostensorium is used to draw eyes to the Sacred Host itself. This is accomplished by combining a small transparent portion the size of a wafer with a number of sun-like rays. For several hundred years, this design of monstrance luna has been the most popular style in use.
During a service, the monstrance is carried by the priest while the people are blessed. When the monstrance contains the host, the priest does not touch it with his hands. Instead, a humeral veil is used to hold the item. Most monstrances are elaborate in design and are portable, though some larger varieties are created for a fixed display in a special side chapel. The design of the monstrance depends on the age of the piece, with medieval designs being more varied than contemporary styles. Modern ostensoriums favor the sunburst design that is open in the middle and capped with a cross.
In addition to monstrances, we also offer a selection of thabors to choose from. The thabor is a small pedestal that may have any number of legs or supports and is often highly decorated with carvings, figures or other types of decoration.
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