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solan_t From: solan_t Date: March 28th, 2005 08:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
The 'star thing'. Don't know the name of it (reliquary maybe?) but you will often find it in Catholic churchs with the 'body of Christ' in it - the host.
draco_kc From: draco_kc Date: March 28th, 2005 09:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
Don't know the name of it (reliquary maybe?)

May as well chime in with some useless trivia (dubious benefits of being raised catholic): A reliquary is typically used to contain relics of some sort (usually bones or other bits from saints' bodies or other physical objects closely associated with the saint). The item at issue, here, is known as a monstrance or ostensorium. As solan_t suggests, such objects are used to display communion wafers that have (in catholic dogma) been transformed into the Body of Christ through the process of transubstantiation.
solan_t From: solan_t Date: March 28th, 2005 09:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
I knew I had seen 'em before, but darned if anyone ever mentioned a name. ;) I knew reliquaries were for relics, but that was the only name that came to mind (raised Catholic, too).
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