Life, love and peace are new born at Easter. Good Friday is a day of sadness for millions of people world wide, who go on a journey through the passion story of Jesus, as they come to terms with his dying as a martyr for his cause and to spread a message of love and forgivenss.
A symbol of St John the Evangelist, the chalice, or cup of Christ is disposed on a stem and is used to contain the wine of the mass, which is a service celebrating the life of Jesus the Christ held over the Easter period.
It represents his blood, which transforms and-or strengthens. It also commemorates, as it celebrates the Last Supper Jesus had with his disciples, before he was betrayed by Judas and crucified on a cross.
The word chalice derives from the Latin calix, meaning cup. It is an attribute of faith personified, holding the blood of the redeemer while signifying the central place of communion in worship for the Christian Church. In art the chalice is identified with the priesthood; celebrated examples are the Great Chalice of Antioch (Syria).
Made in the first century of embossed silver and excavated there in 1910. A sacred vessel, the chalice recalls a time when it was reputedly buried with a priest in his tomb.
It is also a recognized emblem of many saints suggesting the promise made by Jesus the Christ to followers of his way
“if ye shall drink any deadly thing it shall not hurt you”.
The chalice prayer was created by Francis Nuttall.
Father, to you I raise my whole being
– a vessel emptied of self. Accept, O Lord,
this my emptiness, and so fill me with
yourself, your light, your love, your
life – that these your precious gifts
may radiate through me and over-
flow the chalice of my heart into
the hearts of all with whom I
come in contact this day
revealing unto them
the beauty of
of your peace
which nothing can destroy.
Carolyn McDowall, The Culture Concept, 2013-2015-2019