Sanctus bell


noun

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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Sanctus bell

noun

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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