Papal Straw?


#1

I saw this picture of Pope Paul VI online, but I don't know what the significance behind using a straw for the chalice is? :confused:

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y26/janeway529/Screenies/RCC/PopePaulVIusesPapalFistulaorstraw.jpg


#2

[quote="janeway529, post:1, topic:336136"]
I saw this picture of Pope Paul VI online, but I don't know what the significance behind using a straw for the chalice is? :confused:

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y26/janeway529/Screenies/RCC/PopePaulVIusesPapalFistulaorstraw.jpg

[/quote]

That doesn't look like Pope Paul VI to me??????


#3

The picture is from an unfamiliar angle, but it does look like Paul VI. He appears to be wearing the fanon on his shoulders, which only a pope can wear. As I recall, it is - or was - the privilege of the pope to receive the Precious Blood through a golden straw at a Pontifical Solemn Mass. I believe the custom has fallen out of use.


#4

If I remember correctly its called a fistula (not to be confused with the medical term). In papal masses the Pope would consume a small amount of the precious blood using a thin golden tube and then the deacon and sub deacon would consume the remainder from the chalice. I have never seen anything about how its use came about.


#5

Yes, it is part of the older Papal Masses.


#6

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