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Question: What are all those things under the cloth on the altar?

What you see is called a “vested Chalice.” It is sometimes also referred to as “the stack”. It consists of the Chalice, a Purificator (small linen towel used to wipe the Chalice between each communicant) placed over the Chalice; a Paten (a silver plate which holds the priest’s host), and all is topped by a Pall (a linen-covered square). When all is assembled it is covered with a Veil, which is a cloth in the color of the season. Bless our Altar Guild for all their work.

Do you have any questions that can be answered in this area of Newsletter trivia?

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