The structure upon which the Mass is celebrated; it recalls the table upon which Jesus celebrated the Last Supper, as well as the Cross upon which He was crucified.
Bells are used to draw our attention to the coming of Christ at the Mass, and of His real presence in the Holy Eucharist.
Candles are always used for the celebration of Mass, to remind us that Jesus is the light of the world.
The cup that holds the wine which will soon become the Precious Blood of Christ. It should be noble and beautiful, as it is the vessel which holds the price of the world's salvation, the Precious Blood of Christ
The vessel in which the hosts are kept, which will be consecrated at Mass and will become the Body of Christ. Following Mass, the Holy Eucharist, the Body of Christ, is kept in a ciborium, and reserved in the tabernacle.
The square piece of linen which is unfolded and placed on the altar. The Chalice and the Paten which contain the bread and wine for the celebration of the Eucharist are placed upon it.