• The corporal
, a square
white cloth, is laid on the altar with the chalice and ciborium
on top. Corporal comes from the Latin corpus,
meaning body. It may have a lace edging, and a cross may be embroidered
onto it near the front edge.
• The chalice veil
, a large
square cloth the colour of the liturgical season, is placed over
the chalice, ciborium and purificator when the vessels are prepared
for communion, with the embroidered symbol facing the congregation.
It is always in the correct liturgical colour.
• The burse
, a type of folder
used to carry the corporal to and from the altar, is always in the
correct liturgical colour.
• The purificator,
a white linen cloth,
as a napkin to 'purify' the celebrant’s lips, and which is
used to wipe the chalice after each communicant sips from the chalice.
It is also used to wipe the chalice and ciborium after the ablutions
which follow Communion.
• The pall
, a stiffened
square card covered with white linen, usually embroidered with a
cross, prevents dust and insects from getting into the bread and
• The lavabo towel
by the priest to dry his hands after washing them.