William A. O'Brien, M.A.
FOR THE EXTRAORDINARY FORM
"IN SACRISTY AND SANCTUARY"
C. THE SACRED VESSELS.
1. The Chalice and Paten. The sacred vessels are the
chalice and the paten, which are consecrated; also the ciborium, and the lunula
(also named "custodia") of the ostensorium (also named monstrance)
which are blessed. It is praiseworthy that the ostensorium be also blessed.
vessels should be covered with a soft flannel cloth or each may have its own
separate case. They should be washed and polished several times a year. Care
must be taken that the best materials be used for the cleaning of gold and
silver vessels so as to avoid injury to them.
The chalice and paten may not be handled by lay people or
by one not in Major Orders. Permission may, however, be granted to those who
have charge of such things to handle and prepare them.
2. The Ostensorium, Ciborium and Lunula. These may be handled even by a
layman. There is no obligation of handling them with a cloth.
NOTE: No one should have a scruple if by accident he
touches the sacred vessels that are forbidden to be handled by one not in Major
3. Other Utensils Used in Connection with the Sacred
The Lunula (Illustration No. 3a.), sometimes called "Lunette, " is
a case consisting of two hinged circular crystals set in silver or gold rims.
The Sacred Host is enclosed therein when exposed in the ostensorium.
The Lunula Case (Illustration No. 4) is for the safekeeping of the lunula
containing the Sacred Host, when not exposed in the ostensorium. It is then
placed in the tabernacle with the ciboria.
The Theca (Illustration No. 5) is for the same purpose, but the lunula lies
flat therein instead of standing as in the lunula case.
The Ablution Cup (Illustration No. 6) is a small glass or
metal vessel containing water in which the priest purifies his fingers, etc.
The Pyx or Pyxis (Illustration No. 7) is a watch-like case made of silver
or gold in which the priest places the Sacred Hosts to carry to the sick.
The Pyx Burse (Illustration No. 8) is a leather pocket, white silk lined,
for enclosing the pyx. It has long looped strings, for passing around the
The Bread Box (Illustration No. 9) is a storage receptacle, fairly airtight,
for holding the "altar breads." Usually there are two, one for the
large breads and the other for the small ones.
The Communion Paten or Plate (Illustration No. 10) is a metal gilt plate, in oval or
round shape, with a concave side, used to hold under the chin of those
receiving Holy Communion.
The Sacristy Oil Stocks (Illustration No. 11) are a set of three metal tubes
enclosed in a leather box and which hold the reserve supply of the Holy Oils.
The Oil Stock (Illustration No. 12) is a silver, gold
plated cylindrical case having three separate compartments, which screw into
each other. Each compartment contains a different holy oil. One contains the
"Oil of Catechumens" marked O.C. The second contains "Holy
Chrism" and is marked S.C. The third contains the "Oil of the
Sick" and is marked 0.I. Sometimes the stock marked 0.I. is kept
separately for greater convenience. For carrying this oil stock on their person
to the sick, priests encase it in a leather pocket as per illustration No. 14.
All these oil stocks are kept in a special cabinet, called the "Ambry," which is either set in or
attached to the wall in the sanctuary or sacristy.
Chalice 1A. Paten. 2. Ciborium. 3. Monstrance or
Ostensorium. 3A. Lunula or Lunette. 4. Luna Case. 5.
Theca. 6. Ablution
Cup. 7. Pyx. 8 & 14. Pyx Burse. 9.
Bread Box. 10. Communion Paten. 11. Case with oil
stocks. 12. Combination oil stocks. 13. Individual
oil stock (Oil of the Sick).
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