One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
mass noun (especially in the Orthodox Church) the action of placing the Eucharistic elements on the credence table.
- ‘Now what is a table of prothesis doing in a church?’
- 1.1count noun A credence table.
- ‘The faithful do not even see the full altar; the prothesis where the gifts are prepared-without any obvious participation by the laity-is entirely out of sight.’
- 1.2count noun The part of a church where the credence table stands.
2Linguisticsanother term for prosthesis (sense 2)
Late 16th century (in prothesis (sense 2)): from Greek, ‘placing before or in public view’, from pro ‘before’ + thesis ‘placing’.
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