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The Millennium Monstrance

Millennium Monstrance

Designed by Jed Gibbons for
St. John Cantius, 825 N. Carpenter Street, Chicago, Illinois 60622

The Base of the Monstrance

Adapted from the design of the St. John Cantius side altars, the base depicts two "harts" drinking from the stream of eternal life, viz., the Eucharist. As the psalmist sings, "As the hart longs for running streams so my soul longs for you my God." The chalice overflows with the Precious Blood, symbolizing the Eucharist and the Sacraments of the Church. The enamels around the base reveal two Eucharistic symbols. One is the Paschal Lamb, that lamb of sacrifice offered for the sins of many, the other is the Pelican, which to feed its young will pierce its breast and nourish them with its own blood. The enamel at the back of the monstrance is the coat of arms of His Holiness, Pope John Paul II.

The Shaft of the Monstrance

Portraying the new evangelization as encouraged by the Holy Father, the shaft of the monstrance is a replica of the St. John Cantius pulpit. The Four Evangelists, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John occupy the pulpit in proclaiming the Gospels to all nations.

The Upper Portion of the Monstrance

The reproduction of the baldachino in St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome reminds us of unity with the Vicar of Christ, Apostolic succession and the tomb of St. Peter. The baldachino also houses the luna which holds the Consecrated Host. The luna was especially designed to be removed to bestow the blessing with the Blessed Sacrament, because the entire monstrance, which is made of sterling silver, weighs 90 lbs.

The luna, simple yet elegant in design, is surrounded by a crown of thorns with 33 rubies. The crown of thorns, an instrument of the passion, crowned the sacred Head of Our Blessed Lord. The droplets of blood represented by the 33 rubies also remind us of the 33 years of Christ’s life here on earth.

Seventy-two diamonds are placed on the monstrance recalling the 72 disciples being sent to proclaim the message of the Risen Lord.

Surmounting the baldachino is a precious crown, a Eucharistic crown. The crown of thorns gives way to the crown of triumph. The Most Holy Eucharist is the crown of our Faith. Set with precious stones, this crown demonstrates that Our Eucharistic King will reign in the Holy Church until the end of time.

Angels grace the monstrance representing the choirs of Angels in constant adoration around the Eucharistic Throne.

~ Act of Surrender ~

Heavenly Father, I utterly and completely surrender myself to You, body, mind, soul, and spirit. Do with me whatever You Will. For the sake of Your unending Love for me and for all souls, whether here below or in Purgatory, in Jesus’ Name, and in Unity with the Holy Spirit, One God, Holy and Eternal, forever and ever.


The Garden of Gethsemane

Jesus Praying in the Garden of Gethsemane

The garden of Gethsemane was at the base of Mount Olivet. It was a "favorite place of retirement for Our Lord". He often went into the garden to pray to His heavenly Father. It was here that Jesus not only prayed, but sweat blood, agonized and was arrested on the night before His Passion and death.

Our Lady of the Eucharist
You are invited to join your brothers and sisters throughout the world to make Gethsemane your favorite place of retirement in the Real Presence of Jesus Christ. To become a member of the Fr. John A. Hardon Eucharistic Adorers Society just offer to spend one hour each week in the garden with Jesus through adoration of the Blessed Sacrament exposed in the monstrance or reserved in the tabernacle.

The Fr. John A. Hardon Eucharistic Adorers Society is under the care of Our Lady of the Eucharist and its Founder, John A. Hardon, S.J.
Fr. John A. Hardon

The Society’s suggested prayer intentions:

To make reparation for our sins and those of the whole world

Let us, therefore, go before the Living God in the Person of Jesus Christ, wholly and entirely present in the most Blessed Sacrament of the altar, body and blood, soul and divinity. Let us kneel before Him, joining with Him in the Spirit of Gethsemane, in which He prayed to His Father, Thy Will be done, and make our own act of utter and complete surrender, Thy Will be done, not only for the sake of our own soul, but of souls everywhere.

~ Gethsemane Hour ~
Yes, I want to become a member of the
Fr. John A. Hardon Eucharistic Adorers Society
and as a member I promise to spend one hour each week with
Jesus exposed in the monstrance or reserved in the tabernacle.

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