Tabernacle Artwork

 

 

The Tabernacle is of bronze.  Its doors are enriched by a porcelain on copper representation of the Last Supper, the institution of the Holy Eucharist.

Surrounding the tabernacle on three sides is the throne, on which the Monstrance rests whenever the Blessed Sacrament is to be exposed for adoration of the faithful. The throne is of walnut with three panels on each side of porcelain on copper.

One side depicts panels showing Jews gathering manna, then Abraham willing to offer his son Isaac in sacrifice and finally Melchisedech offering a sacrifice of bread and wine prefiguring the sacrifice which Christ would offer.

The other side depicts the multiplication of the loaves and fishes.  It was after this miracle that Christ referred to Himself as "the living bread which came down from heaven" and promised a bread which would give eternal life.

Thus the eye returns to the Last Supper scene where Christ is shown giving this miraculous bread, the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist.