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Sterling silver communion host pyx with the engraved monogram IHS used by a US Army chaplain

Object | Accession Number: 2010.463.3

Sterling silver altar bread host engraved IHS, a monogram for the name of Jesus Christ (Iesous Christos), used by Father Edward Henry, a chaplain in the United States Army in Europe during World War II. A pyx is a vessel used to transport consecrated communion host. As a Catholic priest, he carried a portable Mass kit to administer last rites, to offer communion, and to perform mass for the troops. Father Henry and his unit took part in the liberation of Paris on August 25, 1944. He was one of the first American priests to hold mass in the Cathedral Notre Dame de Paris after liberation.

use:  1944-1945
use: Paris (France)
Object Type
Pyxes (aat)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of the Estate of Edward Henry
Record last modified: 2023-09-01 09:04:14
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