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MASS PENNY

Mass offering of varying amounts given by the faithful. Presented usually at the altar rail as an offertory offering to help in the purchase of candles, wine, and bread used in the ceremonies of the Mass. The term is of Anglo-Saxon origin and was used for over three hundred years until the fifteenth century.

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

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