Monday, May 24, 2010

my daily Orthodox visual treat...



Patriarchs Bartholomew and Kirill in Moscow, Byantine Texas.

8 comments:

Rich said...

With all due respect to the Orthodox Divine Liturgy (and we Romans could learn a thing or two here), I always wonder how the big chalice evolved.

The Crescat said...

out of neccessity I would suspect, Rich. They don't have eucharistic mininsters and all that hooey and they receive by intinction. So if you have an entire congregation receiving from one priest out of one cup it needs to hold a sufficient amount so everyone can recieve.

of course I could be wrong... it's known to happen albeit rarely.

Mimi said...

As an Orthodox, I'd agree.

John (Ad Orientem) said...

Actually I'm pretty sure they don't use the big chalice for communion. It's only used for the preparation of the sacred gifts. Once consecrated the gifts are transferred to smaller chalices for the distribution of Holy Communion.

In ICXC
John

Fr. Christian Mathis said...

a cool article about Patriarch Kirill and Pope Benedict XVI.

http://chiesa.espresso.repubblica.it/articolo/1343399?eng=y

Sancta Camerinus said...

And there probably was no Gather hymnal in sight.

Nan said...

You want me to say "hey" to the Patriarchs for you when I go to Moscow?

Mimi said...

Oh, and John is right - I've never seen a huge chalice at communion itself.