From clay and glass and metals and precious stones, artists fashion the cups, plates, bowls, thuribles and other vessels that serve our celebrations of holy mystery. Such vessels are a necessary part of our liturgy.
At the same time they are also works of art. Like the bread, wine, incense and fire that they hold in our assemblies, vessels are that which earth has given and human hands have made. This beautiful book is an informative collection of essays about vessels including history, usage, design, care, and canon law regarding their construction. At the heart of the book are stunning photos of vessels created by four outstanding contemporary U.S. artists, as well as photos of vessels by other artists. Both the essays and photos will help anyone interested in art and liturgy to more fully understand how it is that we hold and carry and share love and life in earthen vessels.