The Chalice along with the St. Andrew's Cross is a symbol of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), adopted by congregations at the 1971 General Assembly.
The Chalice points to the centrality of the Lord's Supper (Communion) in the life and worship of the Disciples. The X-shaped Cross of the disciple Andrew, (the national cross of Scotland), focuses attention on the Presbyterian roots of the Disciples.
St. Andrew has been identified with the laity and with the importance of evangelism, both of which have been prominent Disciples' emphases. The color red signifies vitality, spirit and sacrifice.
Below are a few of the different types of chalices that might be seen. The Chalice is a registered trademark with the United States Patent Office.