often made of precious metal, and sometimes richly jewelled,
have been used since ancient times. The chalice, from Latin
calix, meaning cup, is a
drinking cup or goblet with a bowl, a single stem, and a foot.
The stem usually has a knob to make it easier to grasp. The
chalice holds the sacramental wine during Holy Communion and
everyone drinks from it, the server wiping the cup with a napkin
and rotating it for each communicant. This is called taking
communion from a common cup. Worshippers can dip the bread into
the cup if they prefer.