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Paten
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I. In the Liturgy

The paten (Lat. patena, from Gk πατάνη/patánē, “flat dish”) serves as a container for the consecrated bread of the Eucharist; it is a functional parallel to the chalice holding the wine (Liturgical vessels, Liturgical implements). Originally it was as a platter on which the bread was broken and arranged; after the change to smaller hosts in West, it was reduced to a flat plate for a host, 12–20 cm in diameter, fitted to the top of the chalice (unlike the δίσκος/dískos used in the East). In Catholic and E…

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Brüske, Gunda and Sporbeck, Gudrun, “Paten”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 23 October 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_COM_024301>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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