BH: Now tell me about the community of women you wrote and imagined in The chalice—a priory of Dominican nuns.
Does this mean wiping the chalice or arranging flowers on the altar?
The lamb stands upon an altar and bleeds into a chalice—the Holy Grail.
Specifically, the cup-sharing method, in which one chalice is filled and re-used by all parishioners.
The second book, The chalice, recently came out in paperback.
It would have seemed as sacrilegious as to take the chalice off the church altar, and melt its silver and jewels in the fire.
The ritual of chalice and platter has servitors to see to it.
To Mark it seemed now the crowning touch of mercy that the criminal should be allowed to drink deep of the chalice.
The Offertory having been recited, the priest uncovered the chalice.
When, after the offertory, Pierre uncovered the chalice he felt contempt for himself.
early 14c., from Anglo-French chalice, from Old French chalice, collateral form of calice (Modern French calice), from Latin calicem (nominative calix) "cup," cognate with Greek kylix "cup, drinking cup, cup of a flower," from PIE root *kal- "cup." Ousted Old English cognate cælic, an ecclesiastical borrowing of the Latin word, and earlier Middle English caliz, from Old North French.