from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Eccles., in the Western Church, in medieval times, the acolyte who held the empty paten raised as high as his face, with hands muffled in the offertory veil, from the lesser oblation till the paternoster. This is now done by the subdeacon. See offertory, n., 2 (a, 3).
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