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Liturgical Vessels
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Liturgical vessels are containers used to hold materials that are essential to liturgical celebrations, such as scrolls and books (Liturgical Books), bread and wine, water and oil, candles and incense. These vessels often acquire an ornate design that reflects the sanctity lent to them by their sacred contents. Some vessels, like the ark of the covenant in ancient Israel, acquire a holiness of their own (Sacred and Profane).

1. Vessels of the Word

The ark…

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Senn, Frank C., “Liturgical Vessels”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 27 May 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_L465>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512



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