Accession number: 2009.001.026
Date: before 2009
Measurements: 29 cm L x 27 cm W x 11 cm H
Group: Religious Artifacts
Narrative: 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 Real Presence. 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. A light burns near the tabernacle when the Eucharist is present as a sign to members of the congregation.
The importance of the Catholic Church in the lives of Acadians in the 19th and early 20th Centuries cannot be exaggerated. When the Acadians returned to the Maritimes after the Deportation, they found themselves with literally nothing. In this deplorable situation, the Acadians turned to the Catholic Church. Statues such as this one adorn many Catholic churches and homes.
General Instruction of the Roman Missal, 299
Description: The box is a wooden communion box with metal clasp.The box is made out of a medium coloured wood and has a metal cross on its lid. The lid has metal designs on the four corners and is Inside is lined with purple silk.