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Find accurate definitions of over 5,000 Catholic terms and phrases (including abbreviations). Based on Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.

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The priest or bishop who offers Mass, as distinct from those who assist at the liturgy in various ministries. When a number of priests or bishops offer Mass together, they are called concelebrants. (Etym. Latin celebrare, to celebrate, solemnize.)

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