Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In the medieval church, a portion of the eucharist reserved from a previous consecration, which was brought to a priest about to celebrate mass. The particle thus used was called
fermentum, the leaven, and was often sent by the Pope or a bishop, as a token of Christian communion, to priests in neighboring churches.
“Curabitur metus diam, fermentum sed lobortis sit amet, volutpat nec dui.”
“I have a nagging suspicion that he's adding the fermentum, the little piece of the host that the priest drops into the chalice after consecration and fraction.”
“In vino veritas, perhaps, but not in fermentum beer.”
“But other bacteria found in traditional, spontaneously fermented milks— Lactobacillus fermentum, L. casei, and L. brevis, for example—as well as L. plantarum from pickled vegetables, and the intestinal native L. acidophilus, do take up residence in us.”
“In consequence of this practice the early fathers often speak obscurely of the B. Sacrament, and call it bread and wine and _fermentum_ after the consecration, though they clearly teach the _faithful_ the doctrine of the real presence .”
“Rome at one time it was the custom of the pope to send a part of the consecrated bread to the priests in the titular churches that all might be united in offering the same sacrifice so that this fermentum, as it was called, might in spiritual sense leaven the whole mass of the faithful, make them one with the pope in faith and worship.”
“As a sign of the unity of the entire mystical Body of Christ with the pope as its visible head, acolytes transported to the priests of each titulus the Blessed Sacrament (fermentum) that had been consecrated by the pope.”
“Lactobacillus curvatus/gramininis VM25; L. fermentum”
“The bacteria used, Lactobacillus fermentum, is normally considered to be a”
“Lactobacillus fermentum bacteria, the silver is fixed onto a larger object that cannot pass into other parts of the body.”
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