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CHANTRY

An endowment given to a priest requesting him to sing or say Masses for a person's soul. It may call for additional duties such as acting as chaplain or teaching gratuitously. The term was also used to designate a small chapel wherein the chantry priest said Mass. Chantries added to large churches often contained the tomb of the donor. (Etym. Latin cantare, to sing.)

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

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