mon·​strance | \ ˈmän(t)-strən(t)s How to pronounce monstrance (audio) \

Definition of monstrance

: a vessel in which the consecrated Host is exposed for the adoration of the faithful

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Examples of monstrance in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web It was then placed in a golden monstrance—a sunburst-like vessel with a transparent center—in preparation for the procession. Tim Busch, WSJ, 14 Oct. 2021 In one of the ballrooms, the priest set up the monstrance for adoration, so people could continue to pray in Christ’s presence. Tim Busch, WSJ, 14 Oct. 2021 Father Michael Duffy lifted up the monstrance, while the deacon rang a bell. Tim Busch, WSJ, 14 Oct. 2021 In a monstrance, Catholics will adore the Body of Christ in His Eucharistic presence. Kathryn Jean Lopez, National Review, 28 Sep. 2020 Another powerful work associated with Saint Sebastian is a 1484 German monstrance, a gilded silver and rock crystal reliquary believed to contain a sliver of bone from the saint’s body. Steven Litt, cleveland, 26 Apr. 2020 The choir is poised to sing, the priest lifts the monstrance, and the procession starts. Sarah Schutte, National Review, 22 June 2019 Outside, a canopy is lifted over the priest and monstrance. Sarah Schutte, National Review, 22 June 2019 See More

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First Known Use of monstrance

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for monstrance

Middle English mustraunce, monstrans demonstration, monstrance, from Anglo-French mustrance show, sign, from Medieval Latin monstrantia, from Latin monstrare to show, from monstrum

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“Monstrance.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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