sursum corda

[ soor-soom kawr-dah, kohr- ]
/ ˈsʊər sʊm ˈkɔr dɑ, ˈkoʊr- /
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noun Ecclesiastical.
the words “Lift up your hearts,” addressed by the celebrant of the Mass to the congregation just before the preface.
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Origin of sursum corda

Borrowed into English from Latin around 1550–60
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British Dictionary definitions for sursum corda

sursum corda
/ (ˈsɜːsəm ˈkɔːdə) /

RC Church a Latin versicle meaning Lift up your hearts, said by the priest at Mass
a cry of exhortation, hope, etc

Word Origin for sursum corda

C16: Latin, literally: up hearts
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