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A cup is the emblem of St John the Evangelist and St Benedict.

cup-and-ring denoting marks cut in megalithic monuments consisting of a circular depression surrounded by concentric rings.

let this cup pass from me an appeal to be released from an ordeal; the allusion is to Christ in the Garden of Gethsemane, and his prayer ‘If it be possible, let this cup pass from me’ (Matthew 26:39). The implication is generally that the ordeal cannot be escaped, and must be endured.

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