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Centuries ago, the congregation did not see much of what was going on at Mass. Today, however, in the Western Church, the priest’s actions at the altar are in full view.
Most of us, if we weren’t altar servers or sacristans, got our one and only introduction to the sacred vessels and linens used at Mass when we were being prepared for our First Communion. In case that lesson has receded into the dimness of memory, here’s a refresher course on the objects used in front of your eyes at Mass.
There is a special order in the way these vessels and linens are assembled before Mass. The slideshow below helps identify the various objects.
Click “Launch the Slideshow” in the image below for the full guide to the sacred objects used at Mass:
The spiritual reason chalices are made from precious metal
How are Eucharistic bread and wine made?