An important parade monstrance finely worked in gilded silver and complete with its original large red velvet-lined pouch, the monstrance is enriched with an all-round ornamental apparatus, of an excellent artistic quality depicting putti, adoring cherubs, ears of corn and bunches of grapes, the central part in the shape of a radial pattern, inspired by the rays of the sun, contains a large lens crystal bezel, used for the worship of the faithful of the consecrated host, while the base rests on four lion feet on a sphere ; the sacred furniture is completed by two splendid adoring angels in the central part of the trunk.
Roman manufacture of the XVIIIth Century
Measures: Height 65 cm Silver gilded to 24Kt
Gold Perfectly preserved
The intense religious meaning of the monstrance:
The meaning of a precious accessory such as the monstrance does not stop only at the exhibition in front of a large number of faithful of an object with a strong Catholic impact.
The goal of those who celebrate Holy Mass and any type of liturgy is to illustrate something miraculous to those who believe in the Lord and Jesus Christ. This aspect is also highlighted on the occasion of the famous Exposition of the Holy Shroud.
An image of this kind is not limited to showing its enormous value, but it is also used to allow all men to contemplate pain and suffering, including those that cannot be fully understood. Not by chance, the term ostension is almost never used in everyday language for earthly objects, but only under a purely religious aspect.
The monstrance should therefore not only be shown, but also admired and contemplated by the faithful who have every intention of understanding human pain.
The same meaning is also highlighted during the Exposition of the Body of Saint Anthony. In this circumstance, many adepts were able to admire the remains of St. Anthony of Padua and venerated them in all its elements, without any boundaries. In the monstrance, the faithful can fully recognize the presence of Christ and rely on the Divine Most Sacrament with all the religiosity they have. Jesus welcomes the faithful and ensures that they can participate in his communion of spirit, in a cult that is revived in every religious celebration.
At the time of the exhibition, Church ministers must light two, four or six candles and use incense to emphasize the solemnity of the moment. After Eucharistic adoration, the monstrance must be placed inside its special tabernacle, in a solemn rite of high intensity.
Mr Sergio Schina - Antique Dealer
La Corte degli Ulivi Gallery - Italy