Trivia: Can you identify these objects on the altar?

By June 5, 2018Articles
Trivia: Can you identify these objects on the altar?

Paten: From the Latin word for pan or plate. It holds the primary Eucharistic hosts that will be consecrated during Mass by the priest.

Ciborium: A larger container which holds the remaining hosts to be consecrated during Mass and distributed to the congregation.

Chalice: From the Latin word calyx, or cup. It holds the wine that will be consecrated during Mass by the priest.

Pall: From the Latin word for “cover.” It keeps foreign objects — like dust or insects — from falling into the chalice or onto the paten and contaminating them.

Purificator: A fine white linen cloth that is used to wipe the lips and fingers of the priest and to cleanse the chalice after Communion.

Missal: A large book that contains all the necessary prayers for the priest to celebrate the Liturgy of the Eucharist. It is sometimes referred to as a “sacramentary.”

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