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Brown leather laced burse with embroidered satin pockets, a purificator, and a small cloth used by a US Army chaplain

Object | Accession Number: 2010.463.5 a-c

Leather burse, or case, with laced side flaps and two pockets, used to carry ceremonial items used for Mass by Father Edward Henry, a chaplain in the United States Army in Europe during World War II. As a Catholic priest, Father Henry carried a portable Mass kit to administer last rites, to offer communion, and to perform mass for the troops. He also carried a purificator, used to wipe the chalice after each use during communion, and the small cloth, which may have been used as a finger towel. A chaplain's Mass kit may include many other items, but it is adapted depending on where it may be used. Father Henry and his unit took part in the liberation of Paris on August 25, 1944. He was one of the first American priests to hold mass in the Cathedral Notre Dame de Paris after liberation.

use:  1944-1945
use: Paris (France)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of the Estate of Edward Henry
Record last modified: 2023-08-25 18:26:02
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