- (italics) Also called Tersanctus. the hymn beginning “Holy, holy, holy, Lord God of hosts,” with which the Eucharistic preface culminates.
- a musical setting for this hymn.
Origin of Sanctus
Examples from the Web for sanctus
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
He told us he had sung the Sanctus here at the festa on the preceding Sunday.The Note-Books of Samuel Butler
That of Upwell has an elaborate turret for the Sanctus bell.Highways and Byways in Cambridge and Ely
Rev. Edward Conybeare.
At that moment the Sanctus bell rang, and she remembered why she had stayed in church.Evelyn Innes
- liturgy the hymn that occurs immediately after the preface in the celebration of the Eucharist
- a musical setting of this, usually incorporated into the Ordinary of the Roman Catholic Mass
Word Origin and History for sanctus
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.