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Pyx


The word pyx (Lat., pyxis, which transliterates the Greek, pyxis, box-wood receptacle, from pyxos, box-tree) was formerly applied in a wide and general sense to all vessels used to contain the Blessed Eucharist. In particular it was perhaps the commonest term applied to the cup in which the Blessed Sacrament actually rested when in the Middle Ages it was suspended above the altar. Thus the Custumal of Cluny in the eleventh century speaks of the "deacon taking the golden pyx (auream pyxidem) out of the dove (columba) which hangs permanently above the altar". In later times however it has come about that the term pyx is limited in ordinary usage to that smaller vessel of gold, or silver-gilt, in which the Eucharist is commonly carried to the sick. Such vessels are sometimes made flat like a watch, sometimes mounted upon a little stand like a miniature ciborium. From the resemblance in size and shape the word pyx is also used to denote the small silver vessel or custode in which the Sacred Host is commonly kept in the Tabernacle, that it may be transferred thence to the monstrance when the Blessed Sacrament is exposed for the service of Benediction. In the Middle Ages pyxes for carrying the Eucharist to the sick were not unfrequently made of ivory. In spite of synodal decrees it is to be feared that there were many churches both in medieval and later times which preserved no proper pyx for taking Viaticum to the sick. In these cases the custom seems to have prevailed, even if it was not officially tolerated, of carrying the Host wrapped in a corporal in a burse which was suspended round the priest's neck or even of placing it between the leaves of a breviary.

The "pyx-cover", or "pyx-cloth", of which we sometimes read in medieval inventories, was a veil which hung over the pyx as it was suspended above the altar, and it was consequently a cloth of considerable size. At the present day the pyx when carried secretly to the sick, as is the case in most Protestant and many Catholic countries, is generally carried in a burse or pyx-bag, i.e. a silken bag suspended round the priest's neck within which the pyx is wrapped in a diminutive corporal used for that purpose.

- article from the Catholic Encyclopedia at www.newadvent.org

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Pyx - IHS Design Pyx - IHS Design

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Pyx with IHS design, 2 1/8 inches in diameter, 5/8 inches deep and 7 host capacity. Hard plastic inside. Made in Europe.


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Gold Plated Pyx with Holy Spirit Symbol Gold Plated Pyx with Holy Spirit Symbol

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Gold plated pyx with Holy Spirit Symbol in oxidized silver. Measures 2 1/8 inches in diameter, 5/8 inches deep and 7 host capacity. Hard plastic inside. Made in Europe.


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Gold Plated Pyx with Head of Christ Gold Plated Pyx with Head of Christ

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Gold plated pyx with an oxidized silver medallion of Ecce Homo depicting Jesus Christ crowned with thorns. Measures 2 1/8 inches in diameter, 5/8 inches deep and 7 host capacity. Hard plastic inside. Made in Europe.


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Gold/Green Pyx with Celtic Cross Gold/Green Pyx with Celtic Cross

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Pyx with celtic cross on a green lid. Measures 1 5/8 inches in diameter, 1/2 inches deep and 6 host capacity. Satin inside. Made in the USA.


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Pyx with Engraved Cross and Crescent Moon Pyx with Engraved Cross and Crescent Moon

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Gold plated pyx with engraved cross and crescent moon. Measures 1 5/8 inches in diameter, 1/2 inches deep and 6 host capacity. Satin inside. Made in the USA.


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Pyx with Cross and IHS Pyx with Cross and IHS

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Gold plated pyx engraved with cross and IHS. Measures 2 1/4 inches in diameter, 1 3/8 inches deep and 15 host capacity. Satin inside. Made in the USA.


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Pyx wth Chi Rho Symbol Pyx wth Chi Rho Symbol

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Gold plated pyx with a Chi-Rho symbol. Measures 2 1/4 inches in diameter, 1 3/8 inches deep and 15 host capacity. Satin inside. Made in the USA.


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Gold/Green Pyx with Chi Rho Symbol Gold/Green Pyx with Chi Rho Symbol

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Gold plated pyx with a Chi-Rho symbol on a green cross. Measures 2 1/4 inches in diamter, 1 1/8 inches deep and 12 host capacity. Satin inside. Made in Europe. 


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Gold/Red Pyx with Chi Rho Symbol Gold/Red Pyx with Chi Rho Symbol

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Gold plated pyx with a Chi-Rho symbol on a red cross. Measures 2 1/4 inches in diamter, 1 1/8 inches deep and 12 host capacity. Satin inside. Made in Europe. 


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Pyx with Chi Rho Symbol Pyx with Chi Rho Symbol

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Gold plated pyx with a Chi-Rho symbol. Measures 2 1/4 inches in diamter, 1 1/8 inches deep and 12 host capacity. Satin inside. Made in Europe. 


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Gold/Green Pyx with Loaves and Fish Gold/Green Pyx with Loaves and Fish

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Gold plated pyx with loaves and fish on a green enameled background. These symbols refer to Christ's feeding of the five thousand, an anticipation of the institution of the Eucharist. Measures 2 3/8 inches in diameter, 1 1/4 inches deep and 45 host capacity. Satin inside. Made in Europe.


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Gold plated pyx with loaves and fish on a red enameled background. These symbols refer to Christ's feeding of the five thousand, an anticipation of the institution of the Eucharist. Measures 2 3/8 inches in diameter, 1 1/4 inches deep and 45 host capacity. Satin inside. Made in Europe.


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