from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun An osculatory or pax.


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  • Then in about the twelfth or thirteenth century the use of the instrumentum pacis, or osculatorium, known in

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 8: Infamy-Lapparent 1840-1916 1913

  • This latter manner of giving the peace among the laity seems to have been maintained till the thirteenth century, when a substitute for the actual kiss was introduced in the shape of a small wooden tablet, or plate of metal (osculatorium, deosculatorium, asser ad pacem etc.) bearing an image of the Blessed Virgin, of the titular of the church, or other saint, or more frequently of the crucifixion.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 11: New Mexico-Philip 1840-1916 1913

  • Another vessel, which came into use at this time and upon whose manufacture great stress was laid, is the "pax", or "osculatorium" (instrumentum pacis).

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 10: Mass Music-Newman 1840-1916 1913

  • "I remember a certain superior person, when Tom and I were engaged, calling mother's boudoir -- the only quiet place in the house -- the osculatorium."

    Simon the Jester William John Locke 1896

  • _osculatorium_, or pax tablet, of ivory or wood, overlaid with gold, was used for giving the kiss of peace during the High Mass just before the reception of the Host.

    English Villages 1892


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