Bringing you the "Good News" of Jesus Christ and His Church While PROMOTING CATHOLIC Apologetic Support groups loyal to the Holy Father and Church's magisterium
Home About
What's New? Resources The Church Family Life Mass and
Ask A Catholic
Knowledge base
AskACatholic Disclaimer
Search the
AskACatholic Database
Donate and
Support our work
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
New Questions
Cool Catholic Videos
About Saints
Disciplines & Practices for distinct Church seasons
Purgatory and Indulgences
About the Holy Mass
About Mary
Searching and Confused
Contemplating becoming a Catholic or Coming home
Homosexual and Gender Issues
Life and Family
No Salvation Outside the Church
Sacred Scripture
non-Catholic Cults
Justification and Salvation
The Pope and Papacy
The Sacraments
Relationships and Marriage situations
Specific people, organizations and events
Doctrine and Teachings
Specific Practices
Church Internals
Church History

Donald Parnell wrote:

Hi, guys —

At our Mass, sometimes the presiding deacon puts a drop of water in all the chalices including the priest's chalice, and other times the presiding deacon only puts a drop of water in the priest's chalice.

The deacon told me, it is "symbolic" for our chalices, but it is required in the priest's chalice, and it is not symbolic.

That being said, I would have to conclude that the priest is not changing the wine in our chalices to the "Blood of Christ".

This symbolic ritual smacks of a Non-Catholic act. I've been a Catholic for 62 years.

  • Since when is the consecration that is taking place at the altar not all "inclusive" to all the wine in the chalices?
  • And if it is the case, why are we even doing this? — to copy the Protestants, Baptists, or whoever?


  { What did the deacon mean when he said, the pouring of the water into the chalice was symbolic? }

Mary Ann replied:

Donald —

All the chalices on the corporal are consecrated. The bit of water is required in the Priest's chalice, but adding the wine to the deacon 's chalice is not required.

The deacon did not mean the consecration was symbolic, but only the adding of the water.

Mary Ann

Mike replied:

Hi, Donald —

Just to add to Mary Ann's answer, for those unfamiliar with the term, the corporal is the white altar cloth that covers the altar. A valid Mass requires three things:

  1. the correct form: the word's the priest uses.
  2. the correct matter, for the Latin Rite it is grape wine and unleavened wheat bread, and
  3. the priest has to have the intent to do what the Church expects him to do.

Hope this helps,


Please report any and all typos or grammatical errors.
Suggestions for this web page and the web site can be sent to Mike Humphrey
© 2012 Panoramic Sites
The Early Church Fathers Church Fathers on the Primacy of Peter. The Early Church Fathers on the Catholic Church and the term Catholic. The Early Church Fathers on the importance of the Roman Catholic Church centered in Rome.