Hopefully a few priests/deacons and/or liturgical experts float around here who can answer these questions? In large parishes, often 2 or 3 chalices are used for Holy Communion. It is my understanding that only 1 Lamb is consecrated, and then divided among the chalices. My question: how is the Lamb and the consecrated Blood divided among the chalices? I know the priests partake of one portion (I assume they break it and divide it among themselves if there is more than one priest); how is the remainder of the Lamb divided up and distributed? What happens to the other portions (the piece for the Theotokos, the 9 ranks of the angels, and the pieces used to commemorate the living and departed)? As far as the wine is concerned, is it considered sanctified once the Body of Christ is placed in it (I would assume so), or would the priest consecrated the wine in one chalice, and then add a bit of it to the other chalices? Any insight would be appreciated.