The word “chalice” comes from the Latin word calix, meaning “cup.” A chalice is the cup used to contain the wine used at Communion. A chalicist (sometimes also known as the chalice-bearer) is therefore the person (ordained or lay) who administers the chalice during Communion. At the Cathedral we typically have two chalicists at our 9.15am service, and at our 11.00am service.
What are the specific roles of a chalicist at the Cathedral?
- To be in prayer for the service and all those who will hear the readings, prayers, and who will receive communion
- To administer the wine during Communion
- One chalicist will also serve as the reader or lector. The lessons are read at the 9:15am service from the microphone at the lectern in the middle of the chancel, and at the 11:00am service from the lectern (golden eagle) on the front right of the chancel (if you are facing the altar).
- The other chalicist leads the Prayers of the People. They are led from the lectern in the middle of the chancel at 9:15am, and kneeling at the prayer desk next to the pulpit at 11:00am).
- At the 11:00am service the Chalicist wears vestments (a cassock and a surplice)
Is training provided?
Absolutely. Anyone who would like to be a chalicist is trained by Dean Peet.
Learn more about serving as a chalicist?
Contact Kelli Hample in the office: firstname.lastname@example.org