The Basilica of Saint Mary
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The Basilica of Saint Mary
We are located on Hennepin Avenue between 16th & 17th Streets in downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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· Weekly Newsletter
  January 16, 2014
· Parish Bulletin
  December 27, 2013
· BASILICA Magazine
  December 6, 2013
Today's Reading
12th Sunday in Ordinary Time


Then he took a cup, and after giving thanks he gave it to them, and all of them drank from it. He said to them, 'This is the blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many.' — Mark 22:23-24

The word 'chalice' is from the Latin word for cup, 'calix' borrowed from the Greek.  A chalice is not merely a cup; it is a sacred vessel, a receptacle: the site of the transformation, in mystery, of wine into redemptive, sacrificial blood.  As a vessel of the Eucharist it is intimately involved in the central act of Christian worship.

Many chalices have come to reside at the Basilica.  Most found their way here as anonymous gifts. Their history lies only in what can be read off them.  After years of service, only a few are in good enough repair to be used at Sunday Masses.

Chalices have a rich history.  They have changed over time, mirroring changes in the history of the Christian church. Chalices have changed from humble household items to very luxurious objects, back to commonly accessible items made of a variety of materials deemed worthy. Liturgical law states only that the material must be considered worthy of the precious blood, and that the bowl not be porous.

Chalices have changed, but the unchanging truth has always been present in the Eucharist.

Because we long to be more like Christ, we take his body into our own bodies.  When we drink from the chalice, it is not an empty gesture; it is a commitment to becoming who we drink.

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