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IN THE SHOP – STAR OF THE SEA’S MONSTRANCE

As the legend goes, monstrances were created during the medieval times to display the physical remains or personal effects of a revered religious member.

Many Roman Catholic, Old Catholic, and Anglican churches use monstrances to display the consecrated Eucharistic host.

This monstrance came to Biro & Sons from the Star of the Sea Catholic Church on Geary Boulevard in San Francisco. It was made in Germany, sometime in the 1890s, and has been a part of the church for years.

“When we got the piece in it needed a complete restoration and gold plating,”  explains Rick Biro.

“It’s incredibly intricate, and we had to be extremely careful while we were taking it apart. I took notes along the way to make sure we were able to get it back together properly.”

A couple of weeks after the monstrance arrived it was returned in amazing condition.

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