American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Roman Catholic Church See monstrance.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Same as monstrance.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (R. C. Ch.) Same as monstrance.
- n. (Roman Catholic Church) a vessel (usually of gold or silver) in which the consecrated Host is exposed for adoration
- Medieval Latin ostēnsōrium, from Latin ostēnsus, past participle of ostendere, to show; see ostensible. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Both the name ostensorium and the kindred word monstrance”
“It is, in fact, an ostensorium constructed by Rove to drain the energy from the wider race.”
“A. Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament is an act of divine worship in which the Blessed Sacrament, placed in the ostensorium, is exposed for the adoration of the people and is lifted up to bless them.”
“After remaining a considerable time in prayer she felt suddenly inspired to raise her eyes and look at the holy Host in the ostensorium.”
“Scotland, before the reformation, an ostensorium was commonly called”
“Modern usage, at any rate so far as the English language is concerned, has limited both terms to vessels intended for the exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, and it is in this sense only that we use ostensorium here.”
“In 1852 to signify their devotion to the Blessed Sacrament, they decided to wear a figure of an ostensorium on the breast of their habit.”
“Soon, however, the practice of exposition became sufficiently common to seem to require an ostensorium for that express object, and for this the upright cylindrical vessel of crystal was at first retained, often with supports of an architectural character and with tabernacle work, niches, and statues.”
“That this, however, was in any proper sense an ostensorium in which the Host was exposed to view is not stated and cannot be assumed.”
“Soon, however, it became clear that the ostensorium could be better adapted to the object of drawing all eyes to the Sacred”
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