- the plate held under the chin of a communicant to catch the Host if it should fall.
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Examples from the Web for communion plate
A chalice, given by the Earl of Arundel in 1636, is among the communion-plate.The Cathedral Church of Canterbury [2nd ed.].
"Perhaps a chest for holding the communion-plate in old time," I said.The Seaboard Parish Volume 1
Is it not fitting that the communion-plate presented by Queen Caroline should be treasured here?American Sketches