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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.]
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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]
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(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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nZiborium nt
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A chalice and a ciborium, with hosts, stand on the table'.
Even within the same narrative, the grail may variously be described as a "chalice," a "ciborium" (that is, a "covered goblet surmounted by a cross"), the "Host" (the transubstantiated body of Christ in the form of bread) on a platter, and as a "stone" with magical propensities (Loomis 28).
The pall, purificator, corporal, chalice and the ciborium are brought out to the altar server's table.
The second is, to quote long-time exhibitor and medieval art specialist Luc De Backker: 'We don't have the expensive things--we have the special things.' At the time, he was showing me a ninth-century Carolingian limestone arch from a ciborium, and then a compelling carved walnut Christ at Rest from mid 15th-century Burgundy or the Upper Rhine.
According to tradition, Clare miraculously stopped an invasion of Saracen soldiers by holding up a ciborium containing the Eucharist.
Symbols associated with the feast of Corpus Christi include an image of consecrated bread and chalice to depict the Eucharist; an altar; and a ciborium - a cup with an arched cover.
Will he forget to return the pyx to the ciborium with the other hosts for distribution I wondered?
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Meanwhile, the Edsa Shrine has several of Castrillo's liturgical works, notably the highly dramatic ciborium in the Perpetual Adoration Chapel.
The altar: lacy lambrequin; solid gold cross, like a Roman short sword; chalice, pall and purificator, chalice veil; ciborium, paten; cruets of amber Tokay.
Most items have some connection with the Eucharist as it was celebrated in Umai's Anglo-Catholic context: a golden table on which are a candle stand with seven candles; a golden chalice (the cup used at the Eucharist) 'overflowed with pure blood' ; five loaves of bread, two small fish, and a sword; a paten (the plate used for the bread at the Eucharist); a ciborium (used to store consecrated bread) filled with communion wafers; a wooden bowl; two jars, one of water, one of wine; a scroll; a thurible (the incense pot on chains used for censing) and a bell.
I saw gold cuffs in a silver ciborium, with the necklaces, rings, and jeweled creations by Ann Ong and Kit Silver Jewellery appearing to have landed in the background, upon closer look, offering a fascinating complexity.