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Liturgical Vessels
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I. Western Liturgies – II. Eastern Liturgies – III. Art History

I. Western Liturgies

Eating and drinking vessels (vasa sacra) constitute important liturgical objects (Liturgical implements: I) in the light of the Christian meal community. They include the chalice (calix) or cup and (of less importance) the bread plate or paten (patena). From apostolic times onwards, Christian fellowship has been primarily a fellowship of the cup (see also Chalice, Witholding of the). The increase…

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Bürki, Bruno and Elbern, Victor H., “Liturgical Vessels”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 03 December 2023 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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