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n. Ecclesiastical
A cloth used to clean the chalice during or after the celebration of the Eucharist.
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(Ecclesiastical Terms) Christianity a small white linen cloth used to wipe the chalice and paten and also the lips and fingers of the celebrant at the Eucharist
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(ˈpyʊər ə fɪˌkeɪ tər)

a linen cloth used during the celebration of communion to wipe the chalice or the celebrant's hands.
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The pall, purificator, corporal, chalice and the ciborium are brought out to the altar server's table.
The altar: lacy lambrequin; solid gold cross, like a Roman short sword; chalice, pall and purificator, chalice veil; ciborium, paten; cruets of amber Tokay.
His skullcap, purificator, bishop's chasuble and a priest's stole, which he used during the beatification of Lorenzo Ruiz in Manila in 1981 will also be displayed.
Did he and his followers use a purificator? Were his followers not all "friends" together, sharing in the meal of wine and bread?
Chalice rims have been tested for bacteria after people have sipped (12, 22, 24), as have the purificator cloths that are used to wipe chalice rims between sips (12, 26).
An investigation performed by Page in 1925 included testing the rim of the communion chalice and the purificator used to clean it (7).
Called by them "the Exorcist," or "the Purificator," MacAskill is a character for whom it is easy to feel empathy.
Experimental evidence shows that wiping the chalice with the purificator (the white linen cloth), reduces the bacterial count by 90 per cent.
We fold square linens called purificators in such a way that they hang over the chalice on each side.
Then the identically shaped wine cruet, filled with a moderately priced Chardonnay, so un-blood-like, yet so much easier for the women of the Altar Guild to launder from the delicate fibres of linen purificators and hand towels.
On the counter were four used crystal chalices, two plates for hosts and four slightly soiled linen purificators. The priest, still vested, was in back of the church visiting with people.