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Sanctus

[sangk-tuh s] /ˈsæŋk təs/
noun
1.
(italics). Also called Tersanctus. the hymn beginning “Holy, holy, holy, Lord God of hosts,” with which the Eucharistic preface culminates.
2.
a musical setting for this hymn.
Origin of Sanctus
< Latin sānctus holy, hallowed (past participle of sancīre to hallow), the first word of the hymn
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  • The Sanctus also was originally intended as a Christmas piece.

    Bach

    Charles Francis Abdy Williams
  • At the Sanctus she rang a sheep-bell, and deepened all her Intention.

    Mariquita John Ayscough
  • He told us he had sung the Sanctus here at the festa on the preceding Sunday.

  • That of Upwell has an elaborate turret for the Sanctus bell.

  • At that moment the Sanctus bell rang, and she remembered why she had stayed in church.

    Evelyn Innes George Moore
  • Her lips had murmured an Our Father, but so slowly that the Sanctus bell had rung before she had finished it.

    Evelyn Innes George Moore
  • The Sanctus is a six part chorus; the voices move for the most part in flowing triplets, the bass generally in an octave figure.

    Bach

    Charles Francis Abdy Williams
  • As the Sanctus of high mass sounded, Julien wanted to take a surplice to follow the bishop in the superb procession.

  • The choir ought to be cautioned not to protract the singing of the Sanctus too much.

  • Then the Patriarch yielded, and at a sign from the Emperor the choir sang the Sanctus anew.

British Dictionary definitions for Sanctus

Sanctus

/ˈsæŋktəs/
noun
1.
(liturgy) the hymn that occurs immediately after the preface in the celebration of the Eucharist
2.
a musical setting of this, usually incorporated into the Ordinary of the Roman Catholic Mass
Word Origin
C14: from the first word of the hymn, Sanctus sanctus sanctus Holy, holy, holy, from Latin sancīre to consecrate
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Word Origin and History for Sanctus
n.

late 14c., Latin, initial word of the "angelic hymn" (Isa. vi:3), concluding the preface of the Eucharist, literally "holy" (see saint (n.)). It renders Hebrew qadhosh in the hymn.

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