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How One Beautiful, Historic Chalice is Connecting Lutherans of Past and Present


When Germans from Saxony set sail for America in the 1800s, they came prepared to praise God and receive the true body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ through the sacrament of Holy Communion.

The group of immigrants who landed in present day Perry County, Mo., brought two communion chalices with them, and one (pictured) continues to be used today at Historic Trinity Lutheran Church in St. Louis, Mo.

C.F.W. Walther, the first president of the LCMS took and administered Holy Communion from the chalice in the 1800s. Today, LCMS Lutherans worldwide come to historic Trinity to receive the sacraments from this sacred vessel.

Created in Vienna, Austria, the chalice is made of gold and adorned with six hand-painted medallions depicting the life of Jesus Christ.