As we come to the beautiful months of May & June and we recall the wonderful celebrations of Lent, Easter, Pentecost and the Ascension of Christ we are left wondering is this all? Do we go back to our regular lives and wait to do acts of charity, penance, and mercy the next time we celebrate these events? The celebration of the Solemnity of Corpus Christi continues our devotion to Jesus Christ.
The solemnity of Corpus Christi is the one time in the whole liturgical year Jesus Christ is exposed body, blood, soul, and divinity, in what is called a Eucharistic Procession, to the whole world! This is yet another time Holy Mother Church is giving us to awaken and enrich our faith.
In a Eucharistic Procession the Holy Eucharist or Blessed Sacrament is carried in a monstrance, often called an ostensorium, throughout a public, covered by a canopy. A quick note: the canopy is a symbol of authority and royalty and both terms, Monstrance & Ostensorium, derive from Latin and mean 'to show." The monstrance/ ostensorium are made of usually made of precious metals. The most important feature is to make sure that the pieces that touch the Holy Eucharist are plated in 24k Gold in accordance of church customs and Canon Law.
Let's dive deeper into this celebration. The solemnity of Corpus Christi, which translates from Latin to " Body of Christ" originated in France in the mid-thirteenth century and was extended to the whole Church by Pope Urban IV in 1264. It is usually celebrated on the Thursday following Trinity Sunday, but in the U.S. it is celebrated on the following Sunday. This is to make sure that all can celebrate this wonderful feast day together.
The primary purpose of the solemnity of Corpus Christi is to focus our attention on the Holy Eucharist, the source and summit of the Catholic Faith. At every Mass we have the privilege of focusing our attention on this mystery, so why would the Church have one day dedicated to this? This is precisely so that we, the Church can remember again what Christ has done for us and truly take to heart the worlds of John 6:35, which read, "I am the Bread of Life" and go and proclaim His love and mercy to the whole world and give them a chance to see what we are so privileged to see every weekend. This very act of faith and love, which are fruits of the Holy Spirit, then help us to grow more and more in love with this mystery.
We are now beginning to understand the beauty of Eucharistic Adoration. Eucharistic adoration is usually held within a church for an hour, or in some cases, twenty-four hour adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. It is usually held in a small chapel or in the sanctuary. Again, Jesus in The Holy Eucharist is being exposed in a monstrance or ostensorium but only to the faithful. This is to help all the faithful spend time and reflect in silenceon the mystery and love of God. One can go to this meeting with Christ and leave renewed and hopeful because Christ is truly present in the Holy Eucharist. The messenger of Christ's Sacred Heart, St. Margaret Mary Alocoque, reminds us when she says "Keep your heart in peace and let nothing trouble you, not even your faults. You must humble yourself and amend them peacefully, without being discouraged or cast down, for God's dwelling is in peace."
You may ask, Where does the Sacred Heart of Jesus come into all of this?". The Sacred Heart of Jesus is precisely what is summed up in the Holy Eucharist/ Blessed Sacrament! It is the fire of Christ's love being poured from His Heart into this sacred mystery for us. They say the heart knows what it wants. Well, in this case, God's Heart, which is sacred and divine, is burning infinitely stronger than all the stars in the universe put together times infinity. This love which is, which can't be contained by darkness nor light, is mysteriously hidden in the form of bread and wine. How beautiful it is when you see the Sacred Host being carried out in a ciboria and the Chalice at Holy Mass. Every time you pass a tabernacle this same Sacred Heart is waiting just for you. The question is what will your response be?
To help you get a better picture of this beautiful devotion in Eucharistic Adoration, the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart & Corpus Christi, and Holy Mass we have provided some videos for your benefit. Since 1929 we have been honored and privileged in being able to produce and manufacture sacred vessels for the faithful for 85 years. It is a blessing for us to be able to provide you with sacred vessels that will be a part of your life forever. You you will see in the following videos a few monstrances we made for our customers being used.
God in the Heart of Texas, from Leatherman Productions, is a short video on a Eucharistic Procession in Austin, Texas done by St. Mary's Cathedral. The video contains a custom monstrance of our ZZM360. We added a polished finish to the rays per our customers request and it came out beautiful!
Eucharistic Adoration, from the North Texas Catholic Men's Conference, features our
Eucharistic Adoration, from Father Caince Nwizu, features our ZZM820 Monstrance/ Ostensoria
Eucharistic Adoration, from Father Mike Maher. This video contains our ZZM820 Monstrance/Ostenoria.
Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration, from Tommy Anselm. This video contains our ZZM200 Monstrance/Ostenoria.
The last video we have for you is God in the Streets of New York, from Grossroots Films. It is a short film on a Eucharistic Procession through the streets of New York.
We carry many more monstrances and ostensoria and are able to provide many beautiful options. Should you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact us and we will be sure to take care of you right away! God Bless...