Q. 1. What are Sacred Vessels?
A. 1. Sacred Vessels are the receptacles and utensils that are used in liturgical celebrations to hold the consecrated Body and Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ.
In the Latin Rite of the Roman Catholic Church, they consist of the Chalice, the Paten, the Ciborium, the Pyx, and the Luna and Monstrance. These Sacred Vessels of the Church are to be treated with special care and reverence.
The chalice is the cup that is used to hold the Blood of Christ during the Holy Mass.
The Paten and Ciborium hold the consecrated hosts, the Body of Christ.
The ciborium, is usually deeper than a paten, shaped like a plate and has a lid.
The pyx is a small round case for safely and properly transporting the Holy Eucharist to the sick and homebound.
The monstrance with the luna is used to display the consecrated Body of Christ for Eucharistic adoration.