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CHALICE AND PATEN
The Chalice occupies the first place among Sacred vessels. It is a footed glorious cup in the Lord’s hands on the eve of his Passion, took bread with his holy and venerable hands and looking up the sky, to You, God, Almighty Father, giving thanks, blessed you, broke the bread and gave it to his disciples saying: “Take this, all of you, and drink from it: this is the cup of my blood, the blood of the new and everlasting covenant. It will be shed for you and for all so that sins may be forgiven. Do this in memory of me”. Its uses at Mass is extraordinary because of the heavenly mystery it holds. For this, the sacred vessel is made from precious metal. Vessels made from metal should ordinarily be gilded on the inside if the metal is one that rusts; gilding is not necessary if the metal is more precious than gold and does not rust. It is artistically fashioned in a manner that is more particularly in keeping with the customs of each region, provided the individual vessels are suitable for their intended liturgical use and are clearly distinguishable from vessels intended for everyday use. Chalices that serve as receptacles for the blood of the Lord have a cup of non-absorbent material. The form of the vessel is appropriate for the liturgical use for which they are meant. The material is noble, durable and in every case adapted to sacred use. Use is not to be made of simple baskets or other receptacles meant for ordinary use outside the sacred celebrations, nor are the sacred vessels to be of poor quality or lacking any artistic style but with a perfect premium quality. Beauty, then, is not mere decoration, but rather an essential element of the liturgical action, since it is an attribute of God himself and his revelation. These considerations should make us realize the care which is needed, and we provide the liturgical action to reflect its innate splendor.