Earlier in the summer I mentioned, here, that the newly created parish of St Gregory the Great in Beverly Farms, Massachusetts had commissioned a chalice and paten in a traditional English design. I am please to report that the vessels have been completed and were consecrated this past weekend. The artist, Vincent Hawley sent me these photographs of the completed works. He tells me that both the chalice and paten are solid Sterling silver and the inside of the chalice is gilded in 24K gold. The chalice is 7” high with bowl diameter of 6” and the paten is 9.5” in diameter. It took 4 sq. feet of silver sheet, around 1mm thick, to create them. The chalice has two engraved insriptions and three medallions, a chi-rho, Christ and St Gregory. The paten has an engraved dedication on the back. The technique used to create them is ‘hand-raising’.
The chalice bears two inscriptions: ‘This is my blood shed for you and for many’, and the second is ‘Holy Gregory pray that all may drink of this cup’. The paten carries the dedicatory inscription engraved around the underside of its rim: ‘These vessels were given to the greater Glory of God in thankfulness for the establishment of St Gregory the Great parish and the ordination of its first pastor, Jurgen Liias, through the generosity of its people in September MMXIII. Exodus XXV:I-IX’. The scripture cited is ‘The Lord said to Moses, “Speak to the people of Israel that they take for me an offering; from every man whose heart makes him willing you shall receive from them…let them make me a sanctuary, that I may dwell in their midst. According to all that I show you concerning the pattern of the tabernacle and of its furniture, so shall you make it.”
Vincent can be contacted through his website vwhjewelry.com or directly on email firstname.lastname@example.org. The parish website describing the original commission is here.