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World’s Largest Monstrance to Be Unveiled

Posted by james0235 on May 31, 2008

UPDATE: It looks like this will be carried live on EWTN at 5:00pm Eastern – less than 1 hour from now.

This is too cool. I would love to be in Chicago for this. But, since there is little chance of that happening I hope to at least see it some day.

World’s Largest Monstrance to Be Unveiled

CHICAGO, May 23 IL-largest-monstrance

CHICAGO, May 23 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Saint Stanislaus Kostka Catholic Church here will unveil what is believed to be the world’s largest monstrance at 6 p.m. eastern time Saturday, May 31. A monstrance is a container that displays a consecrated Host (which Catholics believe is the body of Christ under the appearance of bread) for veneration. The monstrance will serve as focal point of the new Sanctuary of The Divine Mercy, to be built on the grounds of this inner city parish.

The gilded receptacle has taken sculptor Stefan Niedorezo two years to carve from linden wood using Renaissance methods. The iconic monstrance is nine feet tall and weighs 700 pounds. Malgorzata Sawczuk applied the gilding and serves as project conservator.

The monstrance depicts the Blessed Mother as the link between the old and new covenants. She stands over the Ark of the Covenant, a sacred container that held the stone tablets inscribed with the 10 Commandments. Mary is “clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars,” as depicted in the Book of Revelation (Rev 11:19 and 12:1-2).

The unveiling takes place on the feast of the Visitation, where Mary visited her cousin Elizabeth and found the supposedly barren woman pregnant with a son who would become John the Baptist, forerunner of Jesus (Lk 1:39-57). The public is invited to the ceremony, which will be televised live on EWTN, the worldwide Catholic television network; Catholic TV; and the Latin American TV station El Sembrador. Relevant Radio will provide U.S. coverage. Mass will be celebrated by Cardinal Francis George, Archbishop of Chicago.

The vision for the sanctuary and monstrance began nine years ago when St. Stanislaus Kostka pastor Fr. Anthony Bus, CR, heard a call from Mary asking that he build the sanctuary. He wrote a book about his experience titled A Mother’s Plea: Lifting the Veil in Sanctuary (Marian Press). The book, originally published in 2005, has been a popular title in Catholic book circles partly because of its apocalyptic theme. It has been updated this year with information on the painstaking effort to build the sanctuary.

Donations and proceeds from Fr. Bus’s book financed sculpting the monstrance.

Following the unveiling, planners will begin raising funds to build the sanctuary. Estimated cost is between $15 million and $20 million.

SOURCE Saint Stanislaus Kostka Catholic Church

3 Responses to “World’s Largest Monstrance to Be Unveiled”

  1. djgang said

    Hi James..

    Isn’t the one at the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament, like 5 feet tall?

    Anyway, this is neat…I wonder when it is going to televised on EWTN..guess I’ll have to research some more.

    Enjoying your blog!


  2. james0235 said


    I’m not sure that I’ve ever seen the one used at the Shrine. But, 5 feet is still pretty impressive. I’ll keep a look out for it on EWTN. Now I am curious.

    And I really can’t wait for some pictures or video of this new monstrance to become available.


  3. said

    Amazing post.You did a good job, and you have provided relevant information to us! Thank you.

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