Sanctus

[ sangk-tuh s ]
/ ˈsæŋk təs /
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noun

(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

< Latin sānctus holy, hallowed (past participle of sancīre to hallow), the first word of the hymn
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Sanctus

/ (ˈsæŋktəs) /

noun

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 for Sanctus

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

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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