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PROPER

Those parts of the religious service (i.e., the Mass) which vary according to the feast or liturgical season. (Etym. Latin proprius, one's own, not common with others, special, true, real, genuine.)

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

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