November 19, 2019 is the opening date for the «Revived Ukrainian Treasures» exhibition. It will demonstrate rare museum items from the Dormition Cathedral that belong to the Fund collection of the National Kyiv-Pechersk Historical and Cultural Preserve. One of the invaluable exhibition items is « Lamb of God» chalice veil crafted in the middle of the 18th century.
The chalice veil is a liturgical fabric used to cover the holy sacraments. It was made in one of the workshops of the Kyiv Ascension Florivsky Monastery, known as one of the leading Kyiv embroidery centers of that time. Gold-embroidery (known in Ukraine as “haptuvannya” – the term being derived from the German “Heften”, meaning “to attach or sew”) is the art of needlework when the seamer uses gold and/or silver threads. This technique has been used in the territory of Ukraine since the times of the Kyivan Rus. The exhibit item was made of precious materials, such as silk velvet, Chinese damast, gold and silver threads. In the center of the chalice veil there is the image of the rectangular throne with the liturgical bowl on it. The bowl is blessed by the cherubs from its four sides. Inside, there is the infant Christ that symbolizes the atoning sacrifice of the Lamb of God, offered up during the Eucharist.
The chalice veil was found in the ruins of the Dormition Cathedral in 1947. It was in the critical condition. Due to the efforts of museum workers and restorers it was revived. Today “Lamb of God” chalice veil, which has gained a new life, is kept in the preserved state. It will be exposed as part of the exhibition for the first time.