In Paul Turner's Blog by Paul Turner

Q: I understand that a corporal is used in mass to catch any particles of the body of Christ, but could you please explain why the corporal is used for the monstrance during Eucharistic Adoration?


A: The liturgical book does not explain why the corporal is used in this way. I think it’s for a similar purpose as at Mass—it is placed beneath the vessel just in case the host should fall. It also recovers a symbol of the eucharistic sacrifice and reminds people of the source of eucharistic adoration.