sursum corda

[ soor-soom kawr-dah, kohr- ]

  1. 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

Words Nearby sursum corda Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use sursum corda in a sentence

  • Do you remember the passage where Burke alludes to the old warning of the Church—sursum corda?

    "Stops" | Paul Allardyce
  • It calls to the reader, as the early Christian litanies did to the worshipper, sursum corda, Raise your thoughts!

    Sonnets and Canzonets | A. Bronson Alcott
  • And it means also sursum corda (Lift up your hearts) whenever the difficulties and sorrows of the desert seem too much.

    Mater Christi | Mother St. Paul
  • On the plate of George Bancroft, the late historian, a chubby cherub bears a panel on which is the motto, sursum corda.

    American Book-Plates | Charles Dexter Allen
  • The general reader will never forgive such portraits as that of the elder Barbier, who, after shouting, 'sursum corda!

British Dictionary definitions for sursum corda

sursum corda

/ (ˈsɜːsəm ˈkɔːdə) /

  1. RC Church a Latin versicle meaning Lift up your hearts, said by the priest at Mass

  2. a cry of exhortation, hope, etc

Origin of sursum corda

C16: Latin, literally: up hearts

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