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Should it disturb me that when the priest pours water into the chalice after the wine, he pours a drop or two, no more! Doesn't this imply that water is less important to us when in fact, it is truly MORE important. Or, does it have something to do with the intake of the wine which is truly Christ's blood?
I would appreciate an answer.
Wilmar N. Tognazzini
The priest is not supposed to put more than a little water in the chalice.
"A little water is mixed with the wine to represent the mixture or the union that takes place in the Incarnation of the Word between the divinity and the humanity, and also to represent the intimate union that is effected in the sacramental Communion between Jesus Christ and the person who communicates a union which St. Augustine calls Mixtura Dei et hominis ("A mixture of God and of man"), Hence the priest, in the prayer which he recites while mixing the water with the wine, beseeches God to grant that, as his divine Son became partaker of our humanity, we may be made partakers of his divinity. The Council of Trent declares that this mingling of water and of wine in the chalice is prescribed: "The holy Synod admonishes that it is enjoined on the priests by the Church that they should mix water with the wine that is to be offered in the chalice, as it is believed that the Lord has done the same thing." However, this is only an ecclesiastical, not a divine precept. "
St. Alphonsus Maria de Liguori, Doctor of the Church, 'The Holy Mass'