A new podium to hold the monstrance during Adoration was dedicated at St Oliver Plunkett’s Church, Strathfoyle, on Sunday.
The three-tier wooden monstrance was donated to the church by the Boyle family from the Maydown area.
A number of family members were at the church on Sunday when the podium was blessed by Father Roland Colhoun following Sunday Mass.
The pine podium contains three tiers, representing the Holy Trinity and it was designed by Eunan Colhoun. The new piece will be used every Monday in St Oliver Plunkett’s during the Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.
During Adoration the monstrance, an elaborate piece of gold altar furniture also known as an ostensorium and designed to display the Eucharist, will be placed on the new podium.
Monstrances have been used since Medieval times in Catholic and a number of Anglican churches for Eucharistic Adoration and Benediction.
In the past they were also used to display the relics of saints in many churches.
The new podium will be on display in St Oliver Plunkett’s Church every Monday during the weekly period of Adoration.