American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A cup or goblet.
- n. A cup for the consecrated wine of the Eucharist.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A drinking-cup or -bowl.
- n. The cup in which the wine is administered in the celebration of the eucharist or Lord's supper. It is now generally made of silver, gilt inside; but gold chalices are not infrequent, while less costly materials have been used at all periods. The rubrics of the Roman Catholic Church require the chalice to be of gold or silver. The shape of the chalice varies very greatly; but in general the foot is wide-spreading, and a knop is introduced in the stem, sometimes half-way up, sometimes nearer the bowl, the object being to prevent all chance of spilling the consecrated wine, the knop affording a firm hold for the hand.
- n. The wine mingled with a little water for use at the eucharist.
- n. The custom or rite of adding water to the eucharistic wine. See krasis.
- n. A cup-shaped globe for diffusing light.
- n. A large drinking cup, often having a stem and base and used especially for formal occasions and religious ceremonies.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A cup or bowl; especially, the cup used in the sacrament of the Lord's Supper.
- n. a bowl-shaped drinking vessel; especially the Eucharistic cup
- Middle English, from Old French , from Latin calix ("cup"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Old French, from Latin calix, calic-. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“This custom of enclosing the Body of the Lord in a chalice is a sign of the Passion which He undergoes in His human body, the Passion which He Himself describes as a “chalice” when He goes to pray in the garden.”
“Good points bought up in other comments but I enjoyed this anyway … since I have no idea how heavy gold can be; to me a chalice is a goblet and close enough to a mug to get the idea across; and know nothing about diaphragms, other than they prevent pregnancy.”
“He also knows that French revolutionary musician Chantal Orateur Deveau, who possesses the chalice is his soulmate; having seen her in a vision and kept that lovely sight in his dreams.”
“The entire rite of enclosing the second large Host in a chalice is omitted, and indeed, no large Host is consecrated for the celebrant of the rite of Holy Friday.”
“The Host thus enclosed in the chalice is left on the corporal, until the end of the Mass.”
“He then arranges the veil, without removing it from the chalice, in the same way that a chalice is set upon the altar for the celebration of Mass: another clear sign of the connection between the Mass and the death of Christ upon the Cross.”
“To pass these defendants a poisoned chalice is to put it to our lips as well.”
“The Democratic nomination in 2012 was obviously a poisoned chalice, but a politician can't help thinking that a poisoned chalice is better than no chalice at all.”
“Finally, the chalice is designed to contain nourishment for mortals, and it is used by mortals to celebrate one another's company, and to worship the gods.”
“The Deacon pours wine, the subdeacon water, into the chalice, which is placed on the altar; the celebrant says "in Spiritu humilitatis" and turning to the people invites their prayers, "Orate fratres", recites the Pater noster and sings the "Libera nos quaesumus Domine.”
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