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Sanctus bell

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noun
  1. a bell rung during the celebration of Mass to call attention to the more solemn parts.
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Origin of Sanctus bell

First recorded in 1470–80
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Examples from the Web for sanctus bell

Historical Examples

  • He jingled the money in his pocket with a joyful reverence, as if he were ringing a sanctus-bell.

    The Early Life and Adventures of Sylvia Scarlett

    Compton Mackenzie

  • Now when Mark was ringing the Sanctus-bell, it was with a sense of his place in the scheme of worship.

    The Altar Steps

    Compton MacKenzie


British Dictionary definitions for sanctus bell

Sanctus bell

noun
  1. mainly RC Church a bell rung as the opening words of the Sanctus are pronounced and also at other important points during Mass
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