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What Is A Monstrance?

What Is A Monstrance?

Host Enclosed In A Monstrance.

What is a monstrance?Connected to Eucharistic adoration, the liturgical vessel is traced back to the Middle Ages.

Expressions of faith in the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist have developed over time. One such development was the introduction of Eucharistic adoration outside of Mass and outside of the tabernacle. To facilitate this new devotion, a liturgical vessel called a “monstrance” was invented.

Monstrance comes from the Latin word monstrare, meaning “to show.” The purpose of the monstrance is to put on display a consecrated Host for those present to adore and venerate. The development of the monstrance can be traced back to the 13th century, when Eucharistic processions rose in popularity connected to the new feast of Corpus Christi.

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Eucharistic Miracles (46)

Eucharistic Miracles (46)

SPAIN, 1824                        

Eucharistic Miracle of Onil.


On November 5, 1824, the monstrance which contained the Blessed Sacrament and several liturgical objects were stolen from the church in Onil by Nicolás Bernabeu, who as a child had been an altar boy in that very church. 

News of the sacrilegious robbery spread quickly through the whole region. When Nicolás tried to resell the stolen objects in Alicante, a merchant there became suspicious and decided to inform the authorities.  

Nicolás Bernabeu was arrested, but did not want to reveal where he had hidden the monstrance, which still contained the Blessed Sacrament. 

The faithful and the civil authorities looked for several days around the countryside, but it was in fact in a nearby town, at Tibi, where the thief had settled down to live, that a woman named Teresa Carbonell, on November 28, 1824, recovered the stolen monstrance in the part of the town called “la Pedrera.”  The woman immediately brought it back to Onil, where it was received with great festivity.   

Exactly 119 years later, on November 28, 1943, Father Guillermo Hijarrubia, the delegate of the Archbishop of Valencia, confirmed the authenticity of the miracle, verifying that the Host contained in the stolen montrance had been preserved incorrupt.   

Today, at the parish church of St. James the Apostle in Onil, one can still adore the miraculous Host, which has remained intact after almost two centuries.   

Each year, the Feast of Our Lord “Robat” (“Stolen”) is celebrated in commemoration of the Eucharistic Miracle and the recovery of the Host. 

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