The ablution cup is kept on the gradine, as seen here, with a small pure linen finger towel. After a priest distributes Holy Communion, he dips his right index finger and thumb in here. It catches particles from the sacred hosts. When it is cleaned, the water is released into the natural ground.
Thank you, I always wondered what it was.ReplyDelete
I dislike it. Proper ablution should be done by pouring the water over the two fingers, to be immediately consumed, using two vessels : a small pitcher for pouring, a cup with no lid for consuming. Otherwise let there be no ablution. The very idea of dipping the fingers which had touched the Holy Communion in resting water calls for protest.