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TOWEL

A cloth used at various times in the liturgy. Thus a finger towel is part of the sacred accessories at Mass, to be used by the priest after washing his hands at the offertory. The bishop uses a towel after washing his hands when administering the sacraments of confirmation and holy orders. In order to distinguish a finger towel a red cross is sewn at one corner of the cloth, rather than in the center, as on purificators.

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

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