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A History Of The Mass And Its Ceremonies In The Eastern And Western Church -Rev John O'Brien A.M.

Up to the eleventh century the custom was almost general of communicating the people from particles of the large Host which the priest used; hence this must have been of far greater proportions than it is now (Kozma, 239). When the custom of thus communicating the people ceased, small Hosts were introduced, which still bore the name of particles, and the priest’s Host became smaller in size.








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