Our parish has a person who trains the altar servers, and she has told them that the main chalice is always to be picked up by itself, without a second item, and with both hands. For the altar servers, so far, so good.
She went on to say that the adult sacristans are wrong when they pick up a ciborium in one hand and the main chalice in the other hand, because the main chalice is never to be picked up together with any other item. She is teaching that this is somehow disrespectful to the main chalice.
Mind you, she does not have a problem with the altar servers picking up the common chalices two at a time–I mean when they are full of wine that is yet to be conscecrated for general distribution of the Precious Blood to the faithful.
With regards to whether these have to be carried one at a time or may be carried one in each hand, is there any regulation or practice that a) treats the main chalice differently than any other sacred vessel that holds the Precious Blood or that b) treats a chalice with greater or different reverence than a ciborium or a paten? I mean something other than the fact that the main chalice is often heavier, or something like that.
I had never heard of anything like this in my life, but I thought that if such a regulation existed, someone here would know about it.
Actually, if there is any contemporary document of the Church that covers this sort of thing, I’d be happy to be directed to it. There so much that someone just made up, I never know what is a real rule from those who have the office of making rules, which is a rule dictated by common sense won by hard experience, and which is inserted into the customs of a particular parish on the authority of someone who just happens to like things done a certain way.