(Latin: reservatio, a retaining)

(1) The keeping of the Blessed Sacrament in the tabernacle or in some other fitting place, as Viaticum for the dying and as an object of devotion for the faithful. This custom existed in the Church from the first centuries.

(2) The act by which an ecclesiastical superior withholds from his inferiors the power to absolve from certain sins or censures.

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