The tabernacle containing the Blessed Sacrament was stolen from St. Elizabeth Catholic church, in Boone, North Carolina, USA, on Tuesday, June 16, 2020.
According to Catholic News Herald a brass tabernacle was taken from behind the altar inside the church sometime after 9 p.m. Tuesday. Staff discovered the theft Wednesday morning at about 9 a.m. and immediately alerted Boone police.
Father Brendan Buckler, pastor, is appealing to those responsible to return the Blessed Sacrament, if not the tabernacle.
"We pray that your hearts may be moved to please return the tabernacle to us, but most especially the contents,” he said.
The individual or individuals apparently entered through a window and did not take anything else or cause any damage, he said.
The tabernacle held a ciborium containing multiple consecrated hosts.
Father Buckler is also asking people to pray and ask for reparation for the desecration of the church and the theft of the Blessed Sacrament.
Prayers will be also said in reparation for the desecration of the Blessed Sacrament and the sanctuary. (See prayers below)
Boone police are investigating and say they have not seen any similar incidents at other churches in the area.
(Above edited from Catholic News Herald)
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