"Golden chalice, good to house a god."
Chalice in the vestry of the Ipatevskii Monastery in Kostroma, Russia
Public DomainChalice in the vestry of the Ipatevskii Monastery in Kostroma, Russia - Credit: Sergey Mikhaylovich Prokudin-Gorsky

A chalice is a cup or goblet. In a Christian context, it is the cup which holds the consecrated wine of the Eucharist, drunk at Mass. The term is also resonant due to the legend of the Holy Grail – a complex web of myth, folklore and Christian tradition – which concerns a sacred and powerful object believed to have been the cup from which Jesus drank at the Last Supper.