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n. pl. ci·bo·ri·a (-bôr′ē-ə)
1. A vaulted canopy permanently placed over an altar.
2. A covered receptacle for holding the consecrated wafers of the Eucharist.

[Medieval Latin cibōrium, from Latin, a drinking cup, from Greek kibōrion, probably of Egyptian origin.]


n, pl -ria (-rɪə)
1. (Ecclesiastical Terms) a goblet-shaped lidded vessel used to hold consecrated wafers in Holy Communion
2. (Ecclesiastical Terms) a freestanding canopy fixed over an altar and supported by four pillars
[C17: from Medieval Latin, from Latin: drinking cup, from Greek kibōrion cup-shaped seed vessel of the Egyptian lotus, hence, a cup]


(sɪˈbɔr i əm, -ˈboʊr-)

n., pl. -bo•ri•a (-ˈbɔr i ə, -ˈboʊr-)
1. a permanent canopy over an altar; baldachin.
2. a vessel for holding the consecrated bread or sacred wafers for the Eucharist.
[1645–55; < Latin: drinking-cup < Greek kibṓrion literally, the seed vessel of the Egyptian lotus, which the cup appar. resembled]


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They also stole money from the school, vandalised the chapel, broke open the tabernacle and took away the ciborium, the sacred vessel used during Mass.
Preliminary investigation has revealed that some sacred items, including a ciborium ( receptacle) and a monstrance kept inside a tabernacle, a cabinet made of wood and glass, were taken away.
Immediately following the consecration, we were invited to vest in our albs and stoles, and then we processed, two by two, into the sanctuary to take up a ciborium, then continued our procession, lining up facing the front doors of the church.
A number of the objects are star pieces: the 11th-century reliquary of St Demetrios in the form of his ciborium (Fig.
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His priest was moving faster, barely leaning forward between the altar boys, the Ciborium against his chest, his glasses refulgent with light.
He added it was shocking that during the season of goodwill someone would enter a parish church "and break down the back door and take the safe out the back and scatter all the sacred vessels on the ground - the chalices and the ciborium - and steal and rob the money that was collected".
The section head of the Ancient Greece & Byzantium galleries delights at showing off the newest suite of galleries featuring the cultures of Rome, Nubia, and Byzantium, home to one of his favourite objects--a limestone ciborium, or altar canopy, dating from 500-600 CE, the only surviving Byzantine example from that time and place, donated to the ROM by Joey and Toby Tanenbaum.
The ciborium usually has no teeth (also known as armatures) and can have only tiny spicules.
After the Mass of the Lord's Supper, the transfer of the Blessed Sacrament, not in the monstrance but in the humble ciborium, to the place of repose affords Catholics the opportunity to spend at least one hour with Christ in Gethsemane, thanking the Lord for his continued presence in his Church.
In spite of his earlier sketches, which show a prominent altar under a ciborium of sketchy garden-ironwork with a semi-circle of canopied stalls behind, this is not what happened.
Anna and Grace sat there every Sunday while he took his place on the altar, waiting for the time when he would genuflect before the Blessed Sacrament, retrieve the golden ciborium, and stand beside Father to distribute Communion.