General definitions and explanations of the ecclesiastical equipment used for Catholic Mass are
o Missalette. A booklet with the order of worship for the service. This booklet is used by the
congregation. The chaplain will use the Lectionary and Sacramentary.
o Cruets. Two containers that are normally glass. One will contain water and the other wine.
They are placed on the offertory table.
o Ciborium. A covered chalice or container, usually lined in gold, in which hosts are stored.
o Fair Linen. A long white cloth which covers the altar top and extends over the sides.
o Purificator. A rectangular piece of white linen (approximately 9" X 18") with an embroidered
cross in the center.
o Finger Towel. A rectangular piece of white linen (4" X 8") usually decorated with a cross on
the lower edge.
o Corporal. A white linen cloth, approximately one square foot in size, with a cross centered
near the lower edge.
o Host. The bread or wafer used in communion.
o Chalice. A container, usually gold in color, that is used for communion to hold the wine.
o Chalice Paten. An item used to hold the large host. Communion paten is placed under the
communicant's chin to catch the falling host or crumbs.
o Pall. A square piece of cardboard or plastic covered with white linen which is placed over the
paten and chalice.
o Tongs. Silver in Color. A grasping device consisting of 2 pieces joined at one end like
scissors, used to pick up the host.
o Pulpit. A platform from which the chaplain delivers his sermon.
o Lectern. A reading stand.