mixing of wine and water at mass

Question from David Hadley on 9/30/2007:

What is the significance of the mixing of wine and water in the chalice at mass? When did this tradition start start? At the Last Supper when Jesus blessed the bread "This is my Body" and the wine "This is my Blood" there is no mention of the addition of water. Thank you David Hadley I gave you this question because your "bin" was the only one that was not "full", I did"t want you to feel left out. LOL

Answer by Matthew Bunson on 10/7/2007:

There are two excellent discussions of this topic at the following sites: http://www.ewtn.com/library/Liturgy/zlitur39.htm http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/15564a.htm

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