Basins were extensively
used in the Jewish Ritual and were in early use in Christian churches
for ablutions and to receive lamp-drippings etc. The Missal prescribes
its used at the "Lavabo" of the Mass; the "Cæremoniale Episcoporum"
provides a basin for bearing the cruets and for the preparatory
ablutions of bishops. They are ordinarily of ornamented metal.
Written by John B. Peterson. Transcribed by Tim Drake. The Catholic
Encyclopedia, Volume II. Published 1907. New York: Robert Appleton
Company. Nihil Obstat, 1907. Remy Lafort, S.T.D., Censor. Imprimatur.
+John M. Farley, Archbishop of New York