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Oblation Table

As we face the altar area the table of obla­tion on which the bread and wine are pre­pared for the litur­gy stands on the left side of the altar table. The chal­ice—the cup for the wine—and the diskos—the round plate, ele­vat­ed on a stand, for the bread—are kept on this table. These ves­sels are nor­mal­ly dec­o­rat­ed with icono­graph­ic engrav­ings, Chris­t­ian sym­bols, and the sign of the cross.

On this table there is also a spe­cial litur­gi­cal knife—symbolically called the spear—which is used for cut­ting the eucharis­tic bread, and a litur­gi­cal spoon for admin­is­ter­ing holy com­mu­nion to the peo­ple. There are also spe­cial cov­ers for the chal­ice and diskos and a cru­ci­form piece of met­al called the star which holds the cov­er over the eucharis­tic bread on the diskos. A sponge and cloths for dry­ing the chal­ice after the litur­gy are also usu­al­ly kept here. The obla­tion table is dec­o­rat­ed in a man­ner sim­i­lar to that of the altar table.

Above the table of obla­tion (the table on which the gifts for holy com­mu­nion are pre­pared), which stands in the altar area to the left of the altar table, one might find var­i­ous icons. A favorite one is that of Christ pray­ing in Geth­semene: “Let this cup pass…” Anoth­er is that of the Nativ­i­ty, although this is due to a sym­bol­i­cal inter­pre­ta­tion of the Divine Litur­gy which is not indica­tive of the fun­da­men­tal litur­gi­cal tra­di­tion of the Church.