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purificator

[ pyoor-uh-fi-key-ter ]

noun

, Ecclesiastical.
  1. the linen cloth used by the celebrant for wiping the chalice after each communicant has drunk from it.
  2. a sponge wrapped in cloth used by the celebrant for wiping the hands.


purificator

/ ˈpjʊərɪfɪˌkeɪtə /

noun

  1. Christianity a small white linen cloth used to wipe the chalice and paten and also the lips and fingers of the celebrant at the Eucharist


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Word History and Origins

Origin of purificator1

1850–55; < Latin pūrificā ( re ) to purify + -tor -tor
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Example Sentences

They employ it specially in funeral and expiatory ceremonies as a purificator and as a symbol of immortality.

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Purification of the Virgin Marypurifier