Tuesday, September 22, 2009

and thus ends vestment week...


our last submission brought to us by John, Ad Orientem.

Tomorrow... TONSURE week! Stayed tuned.

9 comments:

Thom Curnutte said...

The chalice.. the bread.. WTH?

Although I suppose that The Littles had to attend church somewhere.

Andrew said...

That's a really big chalice.

Carolina Cannonball said...

The Littles are Orthodox?! Who knew!

Maybe John can add some insight for us.

rightwingprof said...

I don't know where John got the picture, but it looks to me like it's probably a big Russian cathedral (in Russia), hence, the size of the chalice and the prosphora.

John (Ad Orientem) said...

Indeed it's a photo of Patriarch Kyril preparing the gifts before liturgy. He typically celebrates in large churches or cathedrals.

In ICXC
John

Thom Curnutte said...

We have large churches too, but I have NEVER seen a vessel of those proportions! Is that a common thing?

John (Ad Orientem) said...

In major cathedrals it's not unusual to use oversized chalices for the consecration. Remember that we don't permit multiple chalices to be used for consecration on the altar. Also a very large chalice is sometimes used along with a very large Lamb for Sunday liturgies during Great Lent. We do not permit the celebration of the Divine Liturgy during most weekdays in Lent so a large amount of Lamb and Wine is consecrated to provide for the faithful during the Liturgy of the pre-Sanctified Gifts and also for the sick. Once the Holy Gifts have been consecrated they are very carefully transferred to smaller chalices to commune the faithful.

In ICXC
John

Thom Curnutte said...

John, I should have known that!

Thanks for clarifying.

The Rockin' Traddy said...

I wanna see him drink outta that chalice...