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n. pl. fer·e·to·ries
1. A receptacle to hold the relics of saints; a reliquary.
2. An area of a church in which reliquaries are kept.

[Middle English, from Anglo-Norman fertre, from Latin feretrum, from Greek pheretron, from pherein, to carry; see bher- in Indo-European roots.]
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(ˈfɛrɪtərɪ; -trɪ)
n, pl -ries
1. (Roman Catholic Church) a shrine, usually portable, for a saint's relics
2. (Roman Catholic Church) the chapel in which a shrine is kept
[C14: from Middle French fiertre, from Latin feretrum a bier, from Greek pheretron, from pherein to bear]
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Among the themes and places are an invitation to pray in the Nave and the body of the church, praying on the margins in the Galilee Chapel, and contemplative prayer in the feretory. Mowbray is an imprint of Continuum.
A second smaller procession appeared carrying a feretory with relics of the saints, from which was suspended the sacrament in a pyx.