The Lord’s Table, place where sacrifice of Mass is offered to the Father and made present to us
Altar Cloth –
cloth that covers altar
square piece of white cloth spread over center of altar where priest will offer gifts of bread and wine to become Body and Blood of Jesus
area around altar
Sanctuary lamp –
candle or light near tabernacle to show Jesus is present
place where Eucharist is kept. We genuflect in front of Tabernacle to show reverence
Altar Rail –
divides sanctuary from congregation, encloses sanctuary and Altar
large part of worship space where assembly gathers
God’s holy people who gather to give thanks and praise to God
one who leads liturgical ceremony. At Mass it is the priest or bishop,
Celebrant’s chair –
central chair used by priest or bishop. Also called Presider’s Chair
prominent stand or lectern from which Scripture readings are proclaimed
large book containing Bible readings at Mass
reader at Mass
Roman Missal –
large book containing prayers said by priest at Mass. Held by altar server at beginning and end of Mass. Placed on altar during Liturgy of the Eucharist
Credence table –
side table in sanctuary where objects used for Mass are placed before and after use.
round metal plate which holds hosts to be consecrated into Body of Jesus
cup used by priest when he consecrates wine into Blood of Jesus Made of silver, gold or solid material that does absorb liquid
small white cloth covered square that covers top of chalice, also cloth used to cover coffin at funeral
Chalice veil –
cloth that covers chalice while it sits on credence table White or color of chausable
covered container used to hold hosts consecrated at Mass. Consecrated hosts are left in ciborium and placed in Tabernacle for veneration or for sick
bottle like containers that hold water and wine at Mass
finger towel and bowl/lavabo –
used to wash hands of priest before Eucharistic Prayer
small white cloth used to clean chalice after each person receives
Blood of Jesus, and to clean chalice after Mass
sink in sacristy with drain that leads into the earth. Used to dispose water that is used to wash sacred vessels
room in church where priest prepares for Mass
large metal container to display or show host for worship and Praise. Used at Benediction and Exposition of Blessed Sacrament
service of special devotion to Eucharist
metal container that hold hot charcoal for incense. Carried in right hand of thurifer
small container that holds the incense. Carried in left hand of thurifer.
server who carries the thurible and boat.
optional at any Mass, sign of honor and prayer rising to God. Used at Benediction.
small container used to bring Communion to the sick
box or glass case attached to wall of church where holy oils are kept
Pascal candle –
large wax candle placed in tall holder to symbolize light of Risen Christ. It is the “Easter Candle” and is blessed and Prepared at the Easter Vigil on Holy Sat. night. Stays in Sanctuary until end of Pentecost then placed near baptismal font and used for Baptisms and funerals.
instrument capable of holding water, that accompanies the bucket or pail containing holy water for Sprinkling Rites. The sacred vessels used to hold consecrated hosts (chalice, paten, ciborium, pyx and monstrance) are blessed and made of precious metal or gilded on inside, they do not break or deteriorate and are distinguishable from ordinary vessels.