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sursum corda

[soo r-soo m kawr-dah, kohr-] /ˈsʊər sʊm ˈkɔr dɑ, ˈkoʊr-/
noun, Ecclesiastical.
the words “Lift up your hearts,” addressed by the celebrant of the Mass to the congregation just before the preface.
Origin of sursum corda
Borrowed into English from Latin around 1550-60 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for sursum corda
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/
(RC Church) a Latin versicle meaning Lift up your hearts, said by the priest at Mass
a cry of exhortation, hope, etc
Word Origin
C16: Latin, literally: up hearts
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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