It’s a dogma of the Catholic Church that Jesus Christ – body, blood, soul, divinity – is really, truly, and substantially present in the Eucharist. This doctrine is based on Scripture and has been held by Christians from the earliest times.
One way that Catholics show their faith in Jesus’ real presence in the Eucharist is with Eucharistic adoration, a practice in which the Eucharist is publicly displayed and venerated by the faithful.
The vessel with which the Eucharist is displayed is called a monstrance. Since it is used for displaying Jesus himself, monstrances are usually made especially beautiful.
Here are 15 examples of some particularly beautiful monstrances from around the world.
You can click on any image to enlarge it. Enjoy!