Sacramentine Monstrance - emblem

Contributed by Sister Andrew

Sacramentine Monstrance - emblem

We are a Congregation of Religious Sisters called the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament. We were founded in 1715 in the mountains of Ardeche, France in Boucieu le Roi, by Blessed Peter Vigne, for the purpose of educating the young, adoring the Blessed Sacrament, and leading pilgrims on the Way of the Cross established in the mountains of Boucieu, by our Founder. At first our Sisters wore a simple cross, but Pope Pius 1X said to Sister Sainte-Seraphie, at an audience, "You are called Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament but you do not carry any sign of this." The Holy Father's remarks were transmitted to Mother Saint Joseph, the Mother General of the time,who asked a M.Seux to design an emblem, a tiny replica of a Monstrance, used to expose the Eucharist. The final version was accomplished in 1873. It was made of silver and the Sisters wore it after their first vows. However, at a Chapter in the 1970,s for various reasons, it was decided that the Sisters should revert to wearing a simple cross with a symbol of the Eucharist at the centre. All the silver emblems were recalled to the Mother House, and melted down to make a full sized silver Monstrance. (One emblem was left in each Region.)

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