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How to Prepare the Chalice for an Anglican Mass
Mass, Holy Communion, Service, or Eucharist. Many names to describe the Memorial of Christ's sacrifice - His ministry, His death, His resurrection and His ascension - and the sacrament instituted by our Lord Jesus Christ. "Based on Apostolic tradition, grounded in the Holy Bible, and enriched by participative and responsive liturgy and music" best describes the Anglican take on this important celebration. So central is the Mass that some preparations are needed from all those involved: the priest, the Eucharistic ministers, the altar servers, the choir and even the congregation!
At the altar, the key preparation is the preparation of the elements: the Chalice, the Paten and so forth. This is how we prepare these Holy Vessels for Mass in the Parish of St. Columba, Miri, in the Diocese of Kuching.
The Elements Used
The elements needed for preparation are:
- Chalice - The Celebrant's Chalice will be covered in this hub.
- Paten - The small plate
- Priest's Host - Host used in the Celebration of the Mass by the Priest, or Celebrant.
- Purificator - A clean cloth used for wiping by the Priest.
- Pall - A hard plastic to cover the bread
- Burse - The "liturgical" purse. The veil and corporal is kept in the Burse.
- Veil - Used to cover, or veil, the elements until it is used by the Priest.
- Corporal - A relatively large square cloth meant to capture crumbs or droplets of wine.
Placement of the Elements
Practice Varies by Parish
Depending on the liturgy adopted by the Parish, or Diocese, the practice may vary. In some instances, the Priest would bring the Elements in instead of having them set up at the Altar beforehand.
Another variable to note is the colour of the linens used. The green colour reflects the ordinary time in calendar. Depending on the Church season and the Feast Day, it would change to red, purple, Gold, or even black. The person responsible (sacristan or server) should always consult the Parish Priest.