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Charles Buck Theological Dictionary

Host

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In the church of Rome, a name given to the elements used in the eucharist, or rather to the consecrated wafer, which they pretend to offer up every day, as a new host or sacrifice for the sins of mankind. They pay adoration to the host upon a false presumption that the elements are no longer bread and wine, but transubstantiated into the real body and blood of Christ.

See TRANSUBSTANTIATION.

Pope Gregory IX. first decreed a bell to be rung, as the signal for the people to betake themselves to the adoration of the host. The vessel wherein the hosts are kept is called the cibory, being a large kind of covered chalice.

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Buck, Charles. Entry for 'Host'. Charles Buck Theological Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/cbd/h/host.html. 1802.

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