Flaming chalice as liturgical artifact: origins?

Does anyone know of the use of a flaming chalice qua real, lit object used in congregational worship that’s older than the work of the Congregation of Abraxas, say, before 1976? Before 1980 even?

By Scott Wells

Scott Wells, 46, is a Universalist Christian minister doing Universalist theology and church administration hacks in Washington, D.C.


  1. See Kenneth Patton’s article, “Art and Symbols for a Universal Religion”, included in M. Cleary, “A Bold Experiment: The Charles Street Universalist Meeting House Experiment”, p. 135. Patton refers to a “lamp” based upon Greek and Roman design, that was lit at the beginning of every religious service and “snuffed at the close.”

  2. Do you mean within an exclusively UU context? If not, how does the traditional ceremonial use of the Goblet of Fire in the Harry Potter series correlate with the years as we Muggles count them?

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