from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun A purse.
- noun Ecclesiastical A flat cloth case for carrying the corporal that is used in celebrating the Eucharist.
from The Century Dictionary.
- noun A bag; a pouch; a purse.
- noun Anything resembling a purse; a vesicle; a pod.
- noun A bourse; an exchange: as, “merchants' burses,”
- noun A bursary. See
- noun The burse, the Royal Exchange in London, built by Sir Thomas Gresham in 1566, or the New Exchange, called
Britain's Burse, and afterward Exeter 'Change, built in 1609 by the Earl of Salisbury on the site of the present Exeter Hall in the Strand. There were shops over the exchange, where female finery was sold. Hence the allusion in the quotation.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun obsolete A purse; also, a vesicle; a pod; a hull.
- noun Scot. A fund or foundation for the maintenance of needy scholars in their studies; also, the sum given to the beneficiaries.
- noun (Eccl.) An ornamental case of hold the corporal when not in use.
- noun An exchange, for merchants and bankers, in the cities of continental Europe. Same as
- noun obsolete A kind of bazaar.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- noun obsolete A
- noun A
fundor foundationfor the maintenance of the needy scholars in their studies.
- noun ecclesiastical An ornamental case to hold the
corporalwhen not in use.
- noun obsolete A
stock exchange; a bourse.
- noun obsolete A kind of
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
The burse, which is simply a cover used to keep the corporal from being soiled, and which for that reason was known in Old English as a "corporas-case", is somewhat older.
The "burse" is a square, stiff pocket of silk over cardboard, in which the Altar-linen is carried to and from the Altar.
"burse" (Lat. _bursa_, Gr. [Greek: borsa], bag of skin) is particularly used of the embroidered purse which is one of the insignia of office of the lord high chancellor of England, and of the pouch which in the Roman Church contains the "corporal" in the service of the Mass.
When Father arrives at the altar he removes the corporal from the burse and unfolds it on the mensa, placing the chalice which he has carried with him on top of the corporal.
The deacon rises and goes to the credence, where he takes the burse with the corporal in it, and a purificator, and goes to the altar.
The deacon ascends to the altar with the burse in hand, and extends the corporal; at the same time, an acolyte places the Missal on the Gospel side, with a purification vessel and purificator for the purification of the priest's fingers after Communion.
I did instruct our servers to scavenge the sacristy at Chislehurst for some nice things to take away, but the vigilance of the Chislehurst team was such that we only managed to sneak away a corporal forgotten inside our burse and I chivalrously returned it this morning.
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It does burse my shoulder but that does not distract when I am shooting it.
The burse was very nice and explained everythin she did.