At Adoration yesterday, deep in thought with Christ, I noticed gleaming shine from two places catching my sight.  One was the monstrance, where the Holy Eucharist was displayed; the other was on my own hand. My wedding band seemed to match the golden monstrance made to enhance and protect Christ’s Body in the humble form of bread.

When the monstrance is displayed on the Altar it represents something very special; it is the throne of Christ during Adoration.  The monstrance is the symbol of Christ’s love and redeeming care for us. Time spent in Adoration to Christ has proven time and time again to be beneficial in strengthening the love and hope of the believer.  During Adoration, we reach out to God, trusting Him, loving Him, and letting Him know this with our time from our hearts.

My wedding band is displayed on my hand to represent something very special.  It is a symbol of the unending love and devotion I have for my husband.  Time spent with my husband proves time and time again to be beneficial in strengthening our love and hope for the future.  Together with Christ, we reach out to God, trusting and loving Him, and allowing Him to work through our marital bond to bring life and love into the world.

Gold from the Altar to my own hand, the connection of my devotion to Christ and to my husband; both the monstrance and my wedding band are golden sacramentals that represent the most amazing thing in the world: love.

A Master Catechist,  Ebeth Weidner is the wife of a scientist and mom to 3 wonderful young people.  She is the author of “A Catholic Mom climbing the Pillars” blog and a contributor to CatholicMom.com, Catholic Lane, and the new blog:  Association of Catholic Women Bloggers.  Ebeth shares her journey with others as she climbs the pillars of truth in the Catholic Church.

  • Our altar vessels and monstrances are gold because gold is the finest substance we have to offer, fittingly pressed into service as a vessel for God Incarnate. Yet even our very best falls far short of the reality – these vessels contain the One who infinitely surpasses every created thing.

    So it comes as a surprise that when, in the Preparation of the Gifts, the priest begins the Eucharistic sacrifice by offering the humblest of substances up to God to be transformed into His Body and Blood. Why is it that when we have to contain God, we use the very best – but when we set out turn something into God by the power of the Holy Spirit, we use plain old bread and wine?

    Could it be that God is at once so magnificent that gold is an inadequate container, yet so humble that He consents to change common bread and wine into Himself, in order to be digested by His people? This is the same God who made towering mountains that shout “glory!” and who also made the grass that consents to being walked upon.

    The Eucharist, among many other things, is truly food for thought.