BASIC R.C. BELIEF
The ceremonial purification after Holy Communion. The priest purifies his
chalice with wine, then with water and wine, then washes his fingers with
which he touched the Sacred Host. These actions are accompanied with
appropriate prayers and come just before the end of the Mass (CATHOLIC WORD
BOOK, Knights of Columbus).
POST VATICAN II
This is no longer an essential public rite; most priests cleanse the
chalice in the sacristy. Care is still taken not to profane the consecrated
This demonstrates the reality of the Roman Catholic belief in
transubstantiation. They really believe the Body and Blood of Christ are
substantially present in just a crumb of the wafer or a drop of the wine.
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