baroque chalice and paten; location and church unknown; photographed by Andreas püttmann on 8 January 2007; swiped from Wikimedia CommonsArticle

A circular dish resembling a saucer, of the same material as the chalice, and consecrated by a bishop with anointings of holy chrism. It is used to hold the bread at the Offertory of the Mass, and later to hold the Sacred Host. At solemn Masses, except those of Requiem, the paten is held enshrouded in the humeral veil by the subdeacon from the Offertory to the Pater Noster.

MLA Citation

  • “paten”. New Catholic Dictionary. CatholicSaints.Info. 19 November 2018. Web. 9 April 2020. <>