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PEACE PLATE or TABLET

Also called the osculatorium. It is a plaque made of wood, metal, or ivory decorated with inscriptions and provided with a handle. It conveyed the kiss of peace from the celebrant to the faithful, each member receiving it in turn. In medieval times at a Nuptial Mass, the kiss of peace was received in this way by the bridegroom and then transmitted by him to the bride.

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

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