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BLESSED BREAD

Common bread presented at the Offertory of the Mass to be blessed by the priest and distributed to those present as a token of union and love. It was frequently carried home; some, however, consumed it at church. The French called it pain bénit, and the custom still exists in some parts of the Western church.

All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.

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