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abbastt

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Turkish - Turkey
Hi, this is from Hiroshima by John Hersey. I can't find a definition for a holy vessel mentioned here:

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  • SwissPete

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    Français (CH), AE (California)
    (Roman Catholic Church) a vessel (usually of gold or silver) in which the consecrated Host is exposed for adoration.
     

    GreenWhiteBlue

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    USA - English
    Abbast, if you look at the dictionary on this site, the applicable definition of "vessel" is this one:
    a hollow or hollowed-out utensil, as a cup, bowl, or pitcher, used for holding liquids or other contents.
    "Holy" is an adjective, used to describe the vessels.

    The melted vessels in this instance were probably chalices, patens, and ciboria -- all of which you may look up in the dictionary (and note that the singular of "ciboria" is "ciborium.")

    (Roman Catholic Church) a vessel (usually of gold or silver) in which the consecrated Host is exposed for adoration.
    This is the definition of a monstrance, also called an ostensorium; I doubt the "vessels" mentioned were a multiple number of these.
     
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