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1 The washing of fingers and chalice by the celebrant after Communion in the Eucharist. The ceremony became part of the Eucharistic rite in the 10th or 11th cent.; details have varied.

2 In the RC Church the rinsing of the mouth with wine after reception of the Blessed Sacrament by the new priests in the Ordination Mass, customary until 1968, and a similar rinsing with water formerly common at the Communion of the Sick. A similar custom exists in the E., where in many places communicants receive unconsecrated wine after Communion in the Liturgy.

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