This is a locked box placed on the High Altar under the Cross in which the sacrament (host or wafers) is kept, reserved, for later distribution to the sick or housebound.
"The Catholic Church holds the doctrine of transubstantiation, i.e. that Christ is "truly present, Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity," though under the appearance of bread or wine. This presence perdures after the consecration, so that even after Mass is concluded, the Eucharistic elements are still Christ's Body and Blood. A tabernacle therefore serves as a secure place in which to store the Blessed Sacrament for carrying to the sick who cannot participate in Mass or to serve as a focus for the prayers of those who visit the church.
Before Vatican II Mass was often celebrated directly in front of the tabernacle itself. Today, most often, the altar for the celebration of Mass stands on its own, and the tabernacle is given its own, usually smaller, altar or it stands nearby on a pedestal or in its own separate chapel. This allows the faithful to focus on the celebration of the Eucharistic action itself during Mass, but preserves a dignity of place and fosters prayer and meditation outside of Mass by giving the tabernacle its own space." Information from Wikipedia used under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License.
For over thirty years I have been using traditional methods to make the finest quality hand wrought Tabernacles and other ecclesiastical and ceremonial silver, both for the home market and for export all over the world. I am able to use my vast experience as an ecclesiastical silversmith to makeTabernacles to personal designs and specifications, produce replicas of existing pieces or copies of items which have been lost.
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