Aleteia logoAleteia logoAleteia
Saturday 25 March |
The Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord
Aleteia logo

WATCH: This miniature wood carving is like holding prayer in your hands

The Daily Catch - published on 01/04/17

Need an idea for Lenten almsgiving?

Help us spread faith on the internet. Would you consider donating just $10, so we can continue creating free, uplifting content?

Make a Lenten donation here

We came across a group of miniature wood carving we thought you’d like and while learning more about them we found this miniature tabernacle that blew us away! Made in the early 1500’s, this piece is still fully functional after 500 years!

The tabernacle is carved with scenes from the life of Jesus. It was designed as an interactive aid to prayer, which comes apart and opens like a flower to reveal more and more areas of minute carving. Inside the pinnacle, the Virgin and Child can be raised by a ratchet. The central element is a prayer nut. The tabernacle may have been owned by the Holy Roman Emperor, Charles V (reigned 1519–53) whose arms appear on the case.

Cheers to Medieval craftsmanship! They don’t make ’em like that anymore.

See more miniatures here.

Support Aleteia!

Enjoying your time on Aleteia?

Articles like these are sponsored free for every Catholic through the support of generous readers just like you.

Thanks to their partnership in our mission, we reach more than 20 million unique users per month!

Help us continue to bring the Gospel to people everywhere through uplifting and transformative Catholic news, stories, spirituality, and more.

Support Aleteia with a gift today!

Daily prayer
And today we celebrate...

Entrust your prayer intentions to our network of monasteries

Top 10
See More