Traditional Mass

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Continued . . .

51--Please name the sacred vessels used in divine worship.

1. The chalice, which has the form of a cup, is of gold or silver. The interior of the chalice is always of gold, out of reverence for the Precious Blood.

2. The paten is a small round plate of the same material as the chalice, because it receives the host destined to become the Body of Christ.
The chalice and paten do not receive an ordinary blessing, but are anointed with holy chrism.

3. The ciborium (from the Latin word, cibus: "food"), is a sacred vessel which contains the consecrated Hosts reserved in the tabernacle for the people's Communion. The ciborium consists of a goblet with a golden interior, and a lid surmounted by a cross.

4. The monstrance, which resembles a sun, contains in its center the lunula or lunette--a receptacle in which the large Host reposes during Exposition.
The ciborium and monstrance are blessed.
[From 'Your Mass and Your Life,' to be continued . . .]