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What is a host?

A host is a sacrifice

Hosting comes from the Latin hostia, which means (slaughter) sacrifice. The host is symbolic of the body of Christ because he has sacrificed himself for mankind by dying on the cross. During a Catholic mass, the priest shares the host to the faithful. A host consists of (pure) flour and water and is made according to papal precepts. This used to be done by hand, nowadays there are special hosting machines for this.

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