Last Sunday I experienced again an event that made me wonder if there is a rule of thumb regarding drinking from the chalice.
On receiving the chalice and starting to drink, I noticed that there was very little of the precious blood left. Not wanting to deprive those behind me, I took a teeny, tiny sip and moved on. Returning to my seat and kneeling, I watched dozens of folks continue to receive from that chalice. I strongly doubt that there was any kind of miraculous replenishment, so each of these people had to be doing no more than touching the blood to their lips. I realize that if everyone drank half of the remaining contents that, theoretically, we’d never run out. But the real world is another matter.
At what point does one simply finish the chalice? When the blood is a dime-sized circle? A few drops? A drop? Never?