Cross-shaped red velvet chalice cover with cross design in the center. The cross is built up as the focal point by the base which is a raise, gold embroidered cross which is largely obscured by decoration. At the very center is a bright red (fake) jewel from which tendrils of metalic gold thread emanate. Each of these treads ends in pale metalic sequin which has been sewn onto the embroidered cross. This gold embroidery is echoed in the decoration of leaves and buds that are found in each of the four arms. The interior of the entire cross is decorated with a border of thin gold rickrack and then an outer border of gold fringe. the back is lined with a silky, lighter red fabric. Suppoerts to keep the arms flat are found at the center and behind the embroidery of the arms.
During the ceremony of the Eucharist the chalice veil is used to keep insects or anything that would pollute the sanctity of the wine out. In the western orthodox church there are three veils for the ceremony: the chalice veil, the paten veil, and one to cover both (aer). The veil usually corresponds to the color and material of the priest's vestements.
Saint Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church was founded in 1927 at its current location on Winona Street, on the north side of Chicago. Demetrios was sainted for his faith in the face of Roman persecution. He used his position as a public figure to convert many greeks in Thessaly and was openly defiant to the Emperor.
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Veil, Chalice, National Hellenic Museum, https://collections.nationalhellenicmuseum.org/Detail/objects/6255. Accessed 10/19/20.