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Cruet Cruet
A cruet is a small flat-bottomed vessel with a narrow neck used to keep wine or water during the celebration of Holy Communion.

A flagon
is a large vessel, usually made of glass and metal, that contains the wine to be consecrated.

Both of these liquids are mingled together in the chalice during Holy Communion in commemoration of the Last Supper.
A flagon
A cruet

Chalices, 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.
Communion Chalice

Communion Chalice



A ciborium is a covered container used to store the wafers or bread for Holy Communion. It is like a chalice in shape but its bowl is more round than conical.

The lid has a cross or other sacred design mounted on it.
The ciborium is usually made of gold or silver and the interior of the cup is always lined with gold.

The wafers, Communion Hosts, are round flat wafers made from unleavened bread. They are consecrated during the service and distributed amongst the congregation during the celebration of Holy Communion.

The other vessel used to hold the communion wafers is called
a pyx and is a small box which serves for storing and carrying the wafers to the sick.
The pyx with hosts

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