New on Display at the York Sunbury Museum

This Communion Set has just recently been put on display at the York Sunbury Museum. In the Catholic tradition Communion Sets were used when a parishioner could not attend church for a time due to illness. The priest would bring the Blessed Sacrament to the home. The resident of the house, usually the house wife, would greet the priest at the door with her head covered and a candle in her hand. No words would be exchanged as the priest was carrying the sacrament. The priest would be shown to the area where the communion set was and candles were lit. After prayers, the infirm person would receive Holy Communion.  This set was found in the rubble of the old Fishers house in Marysville. It is suspected to have come from a Catholic mission in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, and was used in the Fredericton area. This set is considered controversial at the time of its use because it contained a cup instead of the traditional chalice.

This set includes a silver-plated candle stick holder for two candles, with a crucifix in middle and a small cup for  holy water. There’s a small silver-plated cup with a decorative handle and two silver-plated plates. Also included in the set is a silver-plated spoon with a cross on the handle. This set also came in with a box made of Oak that is decorated with a silver-painted cross on the top of the box. This Communion Set is now on display on second floor outside of the Nineteenth Century Gallery.  If you would like to see the Communion Set or other interesting artifacts come down and visit the York Sunbury Museum today!

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