bell, book, and candle


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bell, book, and candle

symbols of Catholic excommunication rite. [Christianity: Brewer Note-Book, 85]
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Re-enter the FRIARS, with bell, book, and candle, for the
If the Cardinal had been there with his bell, book, and candle, I would have whipped in and drunk his water up; yes, even if he had filled it already with the suds of soap "worthy of washing the hands of the Pope," and I knew that the whole consecrated curse of the Catholic Church should fall upon me for so doing.