The Chalice | eBOOK
Vessel for the Living Spirit of Christ
by Antoinette Schoenmaker
The chalice is the sacred vessel which holds the wine during the Mass. It is the means by which we can take into ourselves the spirit of Christ. To learn to see ourselves as this vessel, as the means by which the living spirit can be poured into the world around us, is the focus of this book.
The Independent Church of Australia 2017
Spiritual Focus for 2017
eBook as iBook and PDF | 82 pages
THE CHALICE is a strong symbol, a serene presence, silent yet speaking. In this time of tumult and change, the strength, peacefulness and constancy it represents, and the forgiveness and renewal of life it makes available seems more needed than ever. We are called upon to hold up this cup of salvation, and remind the world around us of the presence of spirit, and the importance of our spiritual life.
The chalice is a sacred vessel, set aside from a common use to a sacred use. And so it is with those who have made vows and promises to God. They have been set aside for sacred service and a holy purpose. To take this in, to know the implications for ourselves as the dispensers of the mysteries in this day and age, is more important than ever.
The chalice engenders many memories, responses and reflections within us. It brings forward times of old, it brings forward the hidden treasure we carry within us now. It speaks of what we must be – as individuals and as a spiritual community.
The chalice speaks to us of many things: it is an image of openness to the heavens. It is able to contain and hold what it receives. In the cup the contents are consecrated and transformed. It speaks of our inner work and of being able to pour out, to flow, to give of the contents of our souls. It speaks also of the necessity of cleansing and emptiness at times, and of being veiled at other times. There are many aspects to consider in taking on the identity of being a sacred vessel.
This book examines some of the aspects the chalice puts before us:
THE INNER FORM OF THE CHALICE
Open to the Heavens
The Peaceful Heart
The Connection between Head and Heart
A Vessel of Transformation
THE QUALITIES OF THE CHALICE
An Open Heart
The Tumult and Challenge of our Present Time
What Shines out?
The Mysteries Revealed
Balanced between Heaven and Earth
Peaceful and Accepting
Strength of Character
The Spirit Poured into You
To Proclaim and Pour Out
THE CONTAINER AND THE CONTENTS
The Established Vessel of the Soul
Filled with the Spirit
TO BE THE CHALICE
A New and Intimate Way
What Must Be Set Aside
What Must Be Taken Up
To Bring the Presence of Christ
CARE FOR THIS VESSEL
Taking on Spiritual Disciplines and Practices
The Role of Gratitude
Knowing We Are Being Shaped and Refined
Accepting the Cleansing of Karma
THOSE WHO CAN LIFT UP THE CUP OF SALVATION
The Awareness behind our Vows
Set Apart for a Holy Purpose
Pre-Destined to Present Christ
THE VESSEL OF THE BROTHERHOOD
Creating an Etheric Form
The Re-Membering of Christ
Strengthening our Connections
A Brotherhood formed by Spirit for the Spirit
THE GREAT NEED FOR THE VESSEL NOW
The need for inner strength, for forgiveness and release, for renewal of life energies – this is clear when you walk down any street in any city. There is a need for the power and re-assurance the chalice holds. There is a need for us to bring its saving, wholemaking force wherever we are placed. We pray this booklet will be a great encouragement in this very important task that is being called for now.
Year of, 2017, Chalice, Christ, Spirit, Melchizedek, Head, Heart, Thinking, Loving. Receiving. Giving. Containing.