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Great Lent #13 - 19/03/2011

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  • Vineeth John Abraham
    Meaning of Church Vessels contd. The Chalice and Paten - The Chalice which holds the Eucharistic wine is the most important of all sacramental vessels. The
    Message 1 of 1 , Mar 18, 2011
      Meaning of Church Vessels contd.

      The Chalice and Paten - The Chalice which holds the
      Eucharistic wine is the most important of all sacramental vessels. The Patent
      holds the Eucharistic bread. The Paten and Chalice recall the mystery of the
      Last Supper, the bread standing for the Body of Christ and the Wine for His
      precious Blood.

      Shushafo (Veil) - This white veil is used to cover the Paten
      and Chalice. It represents the fact that the Divine Mysteries are hidden from
      the understanding of men and that the divinity and humanity united in Christ,
      the Divine Word, is beyond human comprehension just the same way as the
      transformation of bread and wine to flesh and blood of Christ is beyond our
      perception.

      The Censer - It has a lower half and upper half, four chains
      and 12 bells. The lower cup of the censer represents the earth and the upper
      cup the heaven. The coal in it represents the sinners. The chains represent the
      Holy Trinity. The first chain stands for God the Father. The second and third
      chains represent the human and Godly nature of the son. The fourth chain
      represents the Holy Spirit. The 12 bells represent the 12 Apostles of Christ.
      The four chains have a total of 72 links to represent the 72 evangelists of the
      Old Testament who prepared men to be worthy of the new covenant with God. The
      fire signifies the Holy Spirit by whose contact the black coal shines and
      glows. The incense shows the grace of the Holy Trinity. As the smoke goes up to
      the high so also our prayers should go high (Psalm 141:2)

      Marvahtho (Fan) - A Fan shaped silver object mounted on a
      long pole. In the center of the fans, the seraphic face and wings are
      represented. The fans symbolize the presence of angels around the altar. The
      sounds represent the seraphim's and the flutter of their wings around the
      mysteries. It is carried in processions and shaken at the most solemn parts of
      the Qurbana.

      The Lectern (Gospel stand or Evengelion table) - This is the
      pulpit which symbolizes the heights of Mount Sinai
      from where God spoke to Moses and handed him the stone tablets (Exodus 34:2).
      Mathew 5:1 tells us that Christ went up a mountain to preach the gospel to the
      multitude. Therefore the Book of gospel, which points to Christ Himself, is
      placed on the gospel stand.

      Vineeth John Abraham
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