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sursum corda

[soo r-soo m kawr-dah, kohr-] /ˈsʊər sʊm ˈkɔr dɑ, ˈkoʊr-/
noun, Ecclesiastical.
1.
the words “Lift up your hearts,” addressed by the celebrant of the Mass to the congregation just before the preface.
Origin of sursum corda
1550-1560
Borrowed into English from Latin around 1550-60
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Historical Examples
  • Thus the "sursum corda" is not the measure for all; but for those that have wings.

  • Brother, according to the old word with which the Mass used to begin, 'sursum corda'—up with your hearts!

    Expositions of Holy Scripture

    Alexander Maclaren
  • Away along the slope we heard the other trumpeters sounding in answer, and I believe 'twas a sursum corda!

    The Splendid Spur Arthur T. Quiller Couch
  • "sursum corda," he sings, chanting a song of praise as he reveals the sublime pictures of creative sorrow.

    Romain Rolland Stefan Zweig
  • The spring song of sursum corda easily overwhelms the dying autumnal wails of the Dies Iræ.

  • The Romans in their religion were wont to say 'Hoc age'; which in ours we say 'sursum corda'.

  • It calls to the reader, as the early Christian litanies did to the worshipper, sursum corda, Raise your thoughts!

    Sonnets and Canzonets A. Bronson Alcott
  • sursum corda expresses the true ascent which these psalms enjoin and exemplify.

  • And it means also sursum corda (Lift up your hearts) whenever the difficulties and sorrows of the desert seem too much.

    Mater Christi Mother St. Paul
  • On the plate of George Bancroft, the late historian, a chubby cherub bears a panel on which is the motto, sursum corda.

    American Book-Plates Charles Dexter Allen
British Dictionary definitions for sursum corda

sursum corda

/ˈsɜːsəm ˈkɔːdə/
noun
1.
(RC Church) a Latin versicle meaning Lift up your hearts, said by the priest at Mass
2.
a cry of exhortation, hope, etc
Word Origin
C16: Latin, literally: up hearts
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