Chalice ministers

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Q: There seems to be some confusion regarding the proper terminology regarding the  emHC distributing the precious blood. They were previously referred to as a “ minister of the cup.” They are now being referred to as “chalice ministers.”

Can you shed som light on the proper designation for extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion? 


A: Norms for the Distribution and Reception of Holy Communion Under Both Kinds in the Diocese of the United States of America are found in the front part of the missal. Number 44 uses the expression “a minister of the chalice.”

Since the revised English translation of the missal took pains to use the word “chalice” instead of “cup”, some of the auxiliary publications have done the same.

One of the memorial acclamations still uses the word “cup” because it is citing a line from St. Paul.