Mass, Holy Communion, Service, or Eucharist. Many names to describe the Memorial of Christ's sacrifice - His ministry, His death, His resurrection and His ascension - and the sacrament instituted by our Lord Jesus Christ. "Based on Apostolic tradition, grounded in the Holy Bible, and enriched by participative and responsive liturgy and music" best describes the Anglican take on this important celebration. So central is the Mass that some preparations are needed from all those involved: the priest, the Eucharistic ministers, the altar servers, the choir and even the congregation!
At the altar, the key preparation is the preparation of the elements: the Chalice, the Paten and so forth. This is how we prepare these Holy Vessels for Mass in the Parish of St. Columba, Miri, in the Diocese of Kuching.
The Elements Used
The elements needed for preparation are:
- Chalice - The Celebrant's Chalice will be covered in this hub.
- Paten - The small plate
- Priest's Host - Host used in the Celebration of the Mass by the Priest, or Celebrant.
- Purificator - A clean cloth used for wiping by the Priest.
- Pall - A hard plastic to cover the bread
- Burse - The "liturgical" purse. The veil and corporal is kept in the Burse.
- Veil - Used to cover, or veil, the elements until it is used by the Priest.
- Corporal - A relatively large square cloth meant to capture crumbs or droplets of wine.
Placement of the Elements
Practice Varies by Parish
Depending on the liturgy adopted by the Parish, or Diocese, the practice may vary. In some instances, the Priest would bring the Elements in instead of having them set up at the Altar beforehand.
Another variable to note is the colour of the linens used. The green colour reflects the ordinary time in calendar. Depending on the Church season and the Feast Day, it would change to red, purple, Gold, or even black. The person responsible (sacristan or server) should always consult the Parish Priest.
Joshua on December 28, 2018:
Thanks a lot. I have learnt a lot. Send more notes on credence table
brod christopher satur on July 28, 2012:
yes that is true brother ahmmm me too we just move it in seriously because we believe that are all sacred things for the used during in holy mass,let have put in our mind that during the holy mass that the priest that has been transform as presented by God...so that be careful all that things in the altar is sacred..amen
i would be introduce to u my friend im from the roman cathol;ic,im a formerly seminarian in FFI( franciscan Friar in The Immaculate) so that im already know what the important things in the altar..
Aldric Tinker (author) from Malaysia on July 27, 2012:
Thank you for your comment, Mrs. Jil Manning. It truly is interesting to know the elements of the Mass. It makes things more meaningful as opposed to purely following a script. I believe there is a reason behind every motion, gesture and prayers used in both traditional and biblical reasons. Sadly, many Anglicans - and Catholics - are not so aware of these meanings.
I must admit: I only found this out over the last year. Before that, I, too, am guilty of being ignorant. Thus, I'm sharing as I learn and understand.
Mrs Jil Manning from Sussex, England on July 27, 2012:
This is very interesting. Last year a friend who is an Anglican priest ran a series of evening sessions explaining to parishoners the meanings behind various vestments and rituals in the church, which was very enjoyable and rather fascinating.