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As stated in the Baltimore Catechism...

"The things [traditionally] used with the chalice during Mass are: (1) The purificator or cloth for wiping the inside; (2) The paten ['A thin circular plate of metal' (Catholic Dictionary] or small silver plate used in handling the host; (3) The pall or white card used for covering the chalice at Mass; (4) The corporal or linen cloth on which the chalice and host rest."

Also note the following definition for a paten...

"PATEN. A plate used from the earliest times to receive the Host consecrated at Mass. Larger patens, called ministeriales, were used for the communion of the people. It is consecrated with chrism by the bishop, and this rite of consecration is mentioned in a Gallican Sacramentary as old as the eighth century, published by Mabillon in the 'Museum Italicum.'" (Catholic Dictionary)

Note that sometimes persons may use the following terms interchangeably to refer to the circular plate with a handle that is held under the chin of a communicant during Holy Communion (to catch particles of the Holy Eucharist): paten, chin paten, Communion paten, Communion-plate.


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