Monstrance Latch

The archbishop came to visit last week. Unfortunately, at Benediction, he was the latest victim of the swinging door on the monstrance.

monstrance latch

I realize now how important that class, “Liturgical Shop,” would have been in grad school.

Future liturgists and present scholars: don’t neglect Liturgy 151.

Any suggestions? The parish might be getting a nice four-figure gift in the near future. Maybe it’s time to retire the monstrance with the slightly-bent frame. Anybody have experience with going off the catalogue page for a piece like this?

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Todd and his family live in Ames, Iowa. He serves a Catholic parish of both Iowa State students and town residents.
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2 Responses to Monstrance Latch

  1. My local religious goods dealer recently repaired a similar problem on our monstrance for a very modest fee – I didn’t want to buy a new monstrance! If you don’t have such a person in the area, speak to a local jeweler who might be able to help.

  2. Katherine says:

    The religious goods dealers in my area are merchants, not craftspeople. I’d look for a local jeweler, especially one who designs and makes pieces. That person might even be able to deal with the bent frame. Are there any jewelers or metal artists in your congregation? Or in the art department at the university? (Almy also does such repair work, or at least used to, but why not try local first?)

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