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CEREMONIAL

A book containing the order of religious ceremony and worship prescribed for ecclesiastical functions. In the Latin Rite the official publications Ceremoniale Romanum and Ceremoniale Episcoporum detail the proper ordering of ceremonies. (Etym. Latin caerimonia, a ceremony, rite, formal act, observance.)

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

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