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GREMIAL

The apron laid on a bishop's lap during liturgical ceremonies. The one made of silk and trimmed with embroidery, of the color of the day, for a pontifical Mass, has been abolished. A linen or other gremial may be used when really needed. (Etym. Latin gremium, the lap, bosom.)

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

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