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“And they shall make me a sanctuary, and I will dwell in the midst of them.” – Exodus 25:8
The Benedictine Sisters of Clyde, Missouri, who built the Marytown adoration chapel, invested it with spiritual symbolism that bespeaks of the rich treasure house that is the Roman Catholic Church, and of their own faith and tremendous creative energy.
Come make pilgrimage to Marytown to tour the chapel – through our 360-degree tour Click Here or in person by visiting us in Libertyville – and take in its artistic wonders. May you come to know the Eucharist Lord more deeply and grow to love the Church that he founded here on earth for our final sanctification.
Perpetual Adoration occurs 24 hours a day, every day.
THE EUCHARISTIC MONSTRANCE
Upon entering Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament adoration chapel, the eye is naturally drawn to the monstrance where the Eucharistic Jesus is enthroned. The monstrance is five feet, two inches tall and has been entirely fashioned from sacrificial gifts of jewelry.
Symbols of the four Evangelists grace the base, signifying that Eucharistic doctrine is based in Sacred Scripture. The stem of the monstrance is formed by a figure of Mary Immaculate crushing the head of a serpentine Satan. The removable lunela holds Jesus truly present in the consecrated host. Encircling it are eight medallions portraying “types,” or symbols of the Blessed Sacrament.
A podium of marble with angels in high relief and grateful expression supports the monstrance.
THE ALTAR OF EXPOSITION
Sanctus, Sanctus, Sanctus: Holy, Holy, Holy, carved in the steps leading to the altar proclaim the sacredness of this space. Nine species of imported marble make up the altar’s construction. Its frontal area is a masterpiece, inlaid with mosaics representing the Mass as sacrifice: the breaking of bread at Emmaus, the sacrifices of Abraham and Melchisedech.