Monday, October 11, 2010


Collation – (British) a light meal, often offered to guests when there is insufficient time for fuller entertainment. It is often rendered cold collation in reference to the usual lack of hot or cooked food. The term “collation” is originally derived from the term in the Roman Catholic Church, and some other Christian traditions, where collation is used to describe each of the two small meals allowed on days of fasting (with or without abstinence). The term orginated in Benedictine monastaries where the reading of excerpts from The Lives of the Fathers, written by Josh Cassian, was followed by a light meal.

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