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[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?’
- 1.1[count 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.’
- 1.2[count noun]The part of a church where the credence table stands.
2Linguisticsanother term for prosthesis
Late 16th century (in prothesis): from Greek, placing before or in public view, from pro before + thesis placing.
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