noun Ecclesiastical.
the linen cloth used by the celebrant for wiping the chalice after each communicant has drunk from it.
a sponge wrapped in cloth used by the celebrant for wiping the hands.

1850–55; < Latin pūrificā(re) to purify + -tor -tor

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purificator (ˈpjʊərɪfɪˌkeɪtə)
Christianity a small white linen cloth used to wipe the chalice and paten and also the lips and fingers of the celebrant at the Eucharist

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