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Chalice

The large cup used at Mass used to hold the wine which becomes the Blood of Christ.

Paten

A saucer-like disk which holds the bread which becomes the Body of Christ.

Ciborium

A vessel used to hold the Hosts which will be used for communion. They are also used to reserve the Blessed Sacrament in the tabernacle.

Decanter or Flagon

The bottle or pitcher like vessel used to hold the wine which will be consecrated at mass for the communion of the people. It is brought forth with the gifts.

Communion

Chalice like vessels used at communion when the people receive from the cup. They are kept on the Credence Table and brought to the Altar at communion time.

Corporal

A white linen cloth on which are placed the vessels containing the bread and wine during Mass which will become the Body and Blood of Christ.

Purificator

A white cloth use to cleanse the chalice. It resembles a napkin.

Pall

The stiff, square, white cover that is placed over the paten when it is on the chalice.

Tabernacle

The shrine or receptacle either round or rectangular that serves as a place for the exclusive reservation of the Blessed Sacrament. It should be of solid material, opaque, secure and inviolable, fitting the architecture of the church in a preeminent place.

Censor & Boat

also known as the Thurible, is used at solemn occasion to incense the bread and wine after the offertory, the priest, and congregation.

holds the incense until it is place in the censor by the celebrant.

Monstrance

A sacred vessel designed to expose the consecrated Host to the congregation either for adoration in church of carrying in procession, particularly on the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ.

Sanctuary Lamp

An oil lamp or wax candle that burns near the tabernacle. It is always lit whenever the Blessed Sacrament is reserved in churches or chapels as a sign of honor shown to the Lord.

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