- Roman Catholic Church. a part of a psalm with antiphon recited by the celebrant of the Mass at the foot of the altar and, at High Mass, sung by the choir when the priest begins the Mass.
- Anglican Church, Lutheran Church. a psalm or anthem sung as the celebrant of the Holy Communion enters the sanctuary.
- a choral response sung at the beginning of a religious service.
Origin of introit
Examples from the Web for introit
Historical Examples of introit
When the Mass began the choir broke forth, singing the Introit.Evelyn Innes
The York rubric directed him to do it immediately alter the first saying of the Introit, which in England was thrice said.
Violently the Introit rang out, as if from depths beyond the grave, and in it were mingled the tragedy of the man and of the God.The Surprises of Life
Ascending the altar, the priest passed at once to the right hand side where lay the Mass-Book, from which he read the Introit.The Loyalist
James Francis Barrett
Montanelli stood before the high altar among his ministers and acolytes and read the Introit aloud in steady tones.The Gadfly
E. L. Voynich
- RC Church Church of England a short prayer said or sung as the celebrant is entering the sanctuary to celebrate Mass or Holy Communion