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A modern dictionary of 5,679 Catholic terms (including abbreviations), both common and obscure. Find accurate definitions of words and phrases. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.

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CUSTODIA

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A receptacle for holding the Blessed Sacrament. A name also given to the transparent pyx in the monstrance itself or the vessel in which the Host is kept in the tabernacle. (Etym. Latin custodia, a keeping guard.)