Hidden, yet Present

Veiled behind the wood of the tabernacle, the Real Presence of Jesus reposes.


Originally an oil painting on aluminum-backed linen panel. Printed on semi-gloss archival paper in a variety of sizes with the option of a white conservation mat.

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Veiled behind the wood of the tabernacle, the Real Presence of Jesus reposes. This quiet moment reminds us how Jesus is hidden within each of us from the moment of our Baptism.

We are the temples of the Holy Spirit – the place where God dwells, just like the tabernacle.

The encounter before the tabernacle breathes life into our day. God is with us, wherever we will go. He is the vine, we are the branches.


This carved tabernacle is hidden away in the Tatry mountains of Poland in a chapel dedicated to Our Lady of the Tatras – an apparition of Mary to a shepherd girl who had lost her sheep. The old-world hand carved wood chapels is one of the greatest joys of visiting southern Poland.

After painting “Peace in the Mountains” which is a large painting in which the whole altar has highly detailed hand carvings, I wanted to do just a small detailing, and this tabernacle was perfect.

Look at the arch over the tabernacle door. This isn’t a particularly large tabernacle and the craftsman carved out 40 of these tiny points, perfectly arrayed. And even more so, there’s a tender, delicate, impressive detailing in the grape leaves and grapes.

While painting, I noticed all the history, the years this tabernacle has held the Eucharist in safety. On the left side, there are two pieces of moulding missing, and the columns are stained from the candle smoke. I decided to “fix” them in the painting, remembering what it would have looked like when it first was added to the chapel in honor of Our Lady of the Tatras.


Beautiful 11″x14″, 8″x10″, or  5″x7″ print with the option for a white mat frame of conservation quality attached to the prink with all archival, acid-free adhesives.

Printed on high quality 100% cotton paper on a 10-ink pigment based inkjet printer, this print is of archival quality and as such will not fade or deteriorate even 100 years later.

Shipped in a rigid cardboard mailer with cardboard backing. Sealed in plastic sleeve.

Additional information


5"x7", 5"x7" with a mat (outside is 8"x10"), 8"x10", 8"x10 with a mat (outside 11"x14"), 11"x14"


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For every order, 10% of all proceeds will go to organizations who provide resources to at risk women before and after birth.

The first is The Pregnancy Care Center of Rockford. They area a local organization to me,  providing resources and care for free to women in crisis pregnancies, from ultrasounds to parenting classes to post abortion healing.

The second is the Sisters of Life, a newer religious community founded in 1991 in New York to promote the dignity of every human life. They have houses for women to come live with them during and after their pregnancy as they get back on their feet, as well as counseling for post abortion healing, and other missions.

About the artist

Hi! I’m Monica Skrzypczak; an oil painter and rosary maker with a passion for creating beauty and bringing faith into every home. Feel free to contact me to commission a painting or a custom rosary!

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