sursum corda

[ soo r-soo m kawr-dah, kohr- ]
/ ˈsʊər sʊm ˈkɔr dɑ, ˈkoʊr- /

noun Ecclesiastical.

the words “Lift up your hearts,” addressed by the celebrant of the Mass to the congregation just before the preface.

Origin of sursum corda

Borrowed into English from Latin around 1550–60 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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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