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Monstrance & Lunettes

A monstrance is the vessel used in the Roman Catholic, Old Catholic and Anglican churches to display the consecrated Eucharistic host, during Eucharistic adoration or Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament. Created in the medieval period for the public display of relics, the monstrance today is usually restricted for vessels used for hosts. The word monstrance comes from the Latin word monstrare, meaning "to show", and is cognate with the English word demonstrate, meaning "to show clearly". In Latin, the monstrance is known as an ostensorium (from ostendere, "to show"). In Anglican churches, it is called a monstre/monstral.

The lunette, known in Germany as the lunula and also as the melchisedech, is a crescent-shaped clip made of gold or of silver-gilt which is used for holding the Host in an upright position when exposed in the monstrance. The crescent which holds the Host is securely attached to a small stand or frame and the receptacle of the monstrance is usually provided with a groove into which the stand fits so as to be held firmly in its place. Most commonly, however, nowadays as a precaution against accidents, the Host is not merely fixed between two crescent-shaped strips of metal but is enclosed in a pyx with two glass faces and this pyx is itself inserted bodily into the receptacle of the monstrance.

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The lunette was certainly in use before the Reformation and it is to be found in many of the monstrances of the fifteenth century which are still preserved to us (see the list in Otto-Wernicke, "Handbuch", I, 243). Already in 1591 Jakob Müller in his "Kirchengeschmuck" gives a detailed description of the lunette, or "mönlein", and points out the desirability that the two strips of metal that form the clip should be separable so as to permit of their being thoroughly purified when the Host is changed. If a glass pyx is used it ought to be possible so to fix the Host that it does not remain in contact with the glass (Decree of S. Cong. of Rites, 4 Feb., 1871).

MS101 Monstrance

Beautiful brass, gilded Monstrance. Overall height of 70cm and comes complete with case.

To special order only - lead time circa 4-6 weeks

MS102 Monstrance

Beautiful brass, gilded Monstrance. Overall height of 59cm and comes complete with case.

To special order only - lead time circa 4-6 weeks

MS103 Monstrance

Beautiful brass, gilded Monstrance. Overall height of 61cm and comes complete with case.

To special order only - lead time circa 4-6 weeks

MS104 Monstrance

Beautiful brass, gilded Monstrance. Overall height of 49cm and comes complete with case.

To special order only - lead time circa 4-6 weeks

Monstrance & Lunettes

LE88327G Lunette

Gilt finish Lunette, 6 1/2" height x 3 1/4" width.  Available from stock.

Monstrance & Lunettes

LE88335 Lunette

5" x 3 3/4" (dia) Lunette available in three attractive finishes - Bronze, Gold, Silver

From stock.

Monstrance & Lunettes

LE88336 Lunette

Gold and silver finish two tone Lunette, 7" height x 3 1/4" width.

Available from stock.

Monstrance & Lunettes

LE88338 Lunette

Gold finish Lunette, 7 1/2" height x 3 1/4" width.

Available from stock

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