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Definition:   An ornate vessel for placing and displaying a consecrated host. In Catholicism, a priest speaks the words of consecration and a wafer becomes the body and blood of Jesus. As such, the wafer is worthy of worship and adoration. The monstrance assists in worship by  exposing the host so that it may be adored. On the feast of Corpus Christi, a monstrance is used to parade the host in a celebratory gathering. A typical monstrance costs between $1,000 and $10,000. A nine-foot hand-carved monstrance was recently unveiled in Chicago. It featured Mary atop a gold leaf, surrounded by two angels. It holds a special 12 inch host contained in Mary’s center.

Discussion: Transubstantiation is a fiction, since the Jesus is physically present in heaven. He sits at the right hand of the Father and intercedes on our behalf until He visibly returns again (Rom. 8:34; Acts 1:11). Catholics commit idolatry when they worship a wafer. The teaching that Jesus is present in the consecrated host makes it difficult for Catholics to leave their errant Church.

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