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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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COMMUNION PATEN

A saucer-shaped plate usually of precious metal similar to the Mass paten but having a projecting handle. It is held under the chin of the communicant to catch any particle of the Sacred Host that may fall. It is not blessed.