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missal

[mis-uh l] /ˈmɪs əl/
noun
1.
(sometimes initial capital letter) Roman Catholic Church. the book containing the prayers and rites used by the priest in celebrating Mass over the course of the entire year.
2.
any book of prayers or devotions.
Origin
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English < Medieval Latin missāle, noun use of neuter of missālis, equivalent to miss(a) Mass + -ālis -al1
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  • Note the vanity items on the table and the missal on the chair.
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missal

/ˈmɪsəl/
noun
1.
(RC Church) a book containing the prayers, rites, etc, of the Masses for a complete year
Word Origin
C14: from Church Latin missale (n), from missālis concerning the Mass
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Word Origin and History for missal
n.

c.1300, from Old French messel "book of the Mass" (12c.) an ddirectly from Medieval Latin missale, neuter of adjective missalis "pertaining to the Mass," from Late Latin missa "Mass" (see mass (2)).

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Encyclopedia Article for missal

type of book containing the prayers, important chants, and necessary instructions for the celebration of the mass (Latin: missa) in the Roman Catholic church throughout the year.

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