Sanctus

Sanctus

[sangk-tuhs]
noun
1.
(italics) . Also called Tersanctus. the hymn beginning “Holy, holy, holy, Lord God of hosts,” with which the Eucharistic preface culminates.
2.
a musical setting for this hymn.

Origin:
< Latin sānctus holy, hallowed (past participle of sancīre to hallow), the first word of the hymn

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Sanctus (ˈsæŋktəs)
 
n
1.  liturgy the hymn that occurs immediately after the preface in the celebration of the Eucharist
2.  a musical setting of this, usually incorporated into the Ordinary of the Roman Catholic Mass
 
[C14: from the first word of the hymn, Sanctus sanctus sanctus Holy, holy, holy, from Latin sancīre to consecrate]

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Sanctus
late 14c., from L., initial word of the "angelic hymn" (Isa. vi:3), concluding the preface of the Eucharist, lit. "holy" (see saint). It renders Heb. qadhosh in the hymn.
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