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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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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.

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