The communion chalice is the cup or goblet used to hold the wine during the ceremony of the Eucharist. This cup is an important part of the ceremony, as many Christians believe it holds a symbol of the blood of Christ or even the blood itself (as Catholics believe). There are some interesting facts associated with this chalice.
- The chalice is often made of precious metals or stained glass and can even be decorated with valuable gems. In fact, in the Catholic religion, it is mandated that the chalice be created from gold or silver and consecrated (or blessed so as to become a holy object) by the bishop. While other Christian religions do not necessarily require this, many do insist that the inside of the chalice, the part that comes into contact with the holy wine, be made of pure gold. Also, many chalices have ornate designs inscribed on them.
- Priests often receive chalices from their friends or family members when they are ordained into the Church. (Oftentimes, these chalices come in a set with a bread plate.) The priests can then use these with their congregation at their new church.
- Christians consider the chalice to be a sacred vessel and a valuable part of the Church ceremony. Its tradition stems from the Last Supper when Jesus shared wine with his disciples. He passed this wine among them and instructed them to do the same for years to come in remembrance of him. Christians continue this tradition with the Eucharist at each Mass.
- The chalice is shown on many of the First Communion favors on Cool Party Favors.