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The American Church Dictionary and Cycopedia

Fair Linen Cloth, Fair White Linen Cloth

In the Communion Office there are two rubrics, the first of which reads as follows: "The Table, at the Communion time having a fair white linen cloth upon it," etc. By this is meant the long linen cloth the breadth of the top of the Altar and falling over the ends eighteen or twenty inches. The other rubric reads, "When all have communicated, the Minister shall return to the Lord's Table, and reverently place upon it what remaineth of the consecrated Elements, covering the same with a fair linen cloth." By this is meant the lawn chalice veil. It is to be noted that when this rubric was made, the word "fair" meant beautiful. The white linen cloth can be made "fair," i.e., beautiful by means of embroidery, and this is done by embroidering upon it five crosses to symbolize the five wounds of our Blessed Lord on the Cross, and by having the ends finished with a heavy linen fringe. Also, the lawn chalice veil is made "fair" by being similarly beautified with embroidery, a cross being worked near the edge.

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Miller, William James. Entry for 'Fair Linen Cloth, Fair White Linen Cloth'. The American Church Dictionary and Cyclopedia. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/acd/f/fair-linen-cloth-fair-white-linen-cloth.html. 1901.

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