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[German Version]

The chalice, which is indispensable for the celebration of communion (1 Cor 11:23–29), mediates the communion of the blood of Christ (1 Cor 10:16). Often richly decorated, its form and usage are dictated by tradition, current interests, and necessity. In addition to the plain cup (phial) and the two-handled goblet (krater, skyphos), the earless chalice is also becoming popular. The withholding of the chalice (Chalice, withholding of) in the 12th/13th centuries gave rise to “rinsing cups” with water or non-consecrated wine, as well as “ciboria”…

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Hinz, Wolfgang, “Chalice”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 15 August 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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