Saturday, July 3, 2010

sacred vessel

A chalice (from Latin calix, cup, borrowed from Greek kalyx, shell, husk) is a goblet or footed cup intended to hold a drink.

In general religious terms, it is intended for quaffing during a ceremony.

In Roman Catholicism, Eastern Orthodoxy, Oriental Orthodoxy, Anglicanism, Lutheranism and some other Christian denominations, a chalice is a standing cup used to hold sacramental wine during the Eucharist (also called the Lord's Supper or Holy Communion).

Chalices are often made of precious metal, and they are sometimes richly enamelled and jewelled. The gold goblet was symbolic for family and tradition.

In Christian tradition the 'Holy Chalice is the vessel which Jesus used at the Last Supper to serve the wine.

New Testament texts make no mention of the cup except within the context of the Last Supper and give no significance whatever to the object itself.

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