In addition to moderating readers’ comments, we frequently look at the back end of the blog to see what is appearing as “Top Searches”; and recently we have turned up a few for “monstrance – legality in Church of England” or similar. It’s a question we’ve never addressed and, almost inevitably, even the short answer is complicated. (The long answer is probably something for an LLM dissertation). However, the question is nevertheless timely in view of their processional use at the start of the Easter Triduum, in addition to their more frequent use for Benediction at the end of Evensong. Furthermore, since it was necessary to access various sources of information, it may be useful to summarize these for subsequent use (and readers’ comments).
Monstrances in the Church of England: are they legal?