- a receptacle in which the consecrated Host is exposed for adoration.
Origin of monstrance
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She held him out proudly in her arms, as if he were monstrance and she priest.Little Novels of Italy
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The archbishop fell to the ground, as did the lunette of the monstrance.
You are thinking of the monstrance which should have been of gold but was of silver?Plays by August Strindberg, Third Series
He walked up to the little altar to place the monstrance on it.The Forest Farm
Then he bowed low to the monstrance on the altar, and lower still to the figure of the Virgin.The Serf
- RC Church a receptacle, usually of gold or silver, with a transparent container in which the consecrated Host is exposed for adoration
C16: from Medieval Latin mōnstrantia, from Latin mōnstrāre to show
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