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Low Mass

a Mass that is said, and not sung, by the celebrant, who is assisted by one server, and which has less ceremonial form than a High Mass, using no music or choir.
Compare High Mass.
Origin of Low Mass
First recorded in 1560-70 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • But since this was one of the smallest craft in the lot, with its Low Mass it should be fast.

    The Pirates of Ersatz Murray Leinster
  • Low Mass here at six, and high masses there at eight and here at ten.

    Riviera Towns

    Herbert Adams Gibbons
  • You may imagine at that speed a Low Mass is quickly disposed of.

    Devil Stories Various
  • We will walk to church, plainly dressed, and have only a Low Mass.

    Cousin Betty Honore de Balzac
  • Remark, in conclusion, that to assist at a Low Mass suffices strictly speaking for the sanctification of the Sunday or holyday.

    Light and Peace Carlo Giuseppe Quadrupani
  • Far ahead, a Low Mass of solid land appeared above the blue of the horizon.

    Islands of Space John W Campbell
  • Here in England we have not got the Irish devotion to Low Mass, and to us therefore the decay of high mass is a greater loss.

    The Priestly Vocation Bishop Bernard Ward
  • At nine o'clock precisely, his eminence Cardinal Barili began a Low Mass, without chant.

  • Low Mass, mass performed by a single priest and without musical accompaniment.

    The Nuttall Encyclopaedia Edited by Rev. James Wood
  • At Low Mass it is omitted, or given with what is called an osculatory or Pax.

British Dictionary definitions for Low Mass

Low Mass

a Mass that has a simplified ceremonial form and is spoken rather than sung Compare High Mass
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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