Definition of | Meaning of
Chin Paten | Communion Paten
Communion-Plate | Communion Plate
Holy Sacrifice of the Mass
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As stated in the Baltimore Catechism...
[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)
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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