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Catholic Dictionary

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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NEW FIRE

A ceremony taking place outside the church door during the Easter Vigil. This does not take place inside probably because the smoke produced might be offensive. From the newly blessed flame are lighted the candles of the worshippers and later the paschal candle.

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