Q: In a follow up to your other Pall question, I understand the early use was to keep bugs and other things from going in the chalice, but with Masses being done indoors now, most with central air, why is the Pall still used to cover the chalice? Is it more for ceremony now?
A: Here’s an earlier post: https://paulturner.org/pall-over-the-chalice/
This fall I noticed an occasionally bug flying around my chalice, so I started keeping a pall handy during Mass. I needed it on some rare occasions. But with the change in weather, the bugs seem to have flown away. We’re keeping the pall in the sacristy now.