Dictionary » S » Sanctus

Sanctus

sanctus

1. A part of the mass, or, in protestant churches, a part of the communion service, of which the first words in latin are Sanctus, sanctus, sanctus [Holy, holy, holy]; called also tersanctus.

2. An anthem composed for these words. Sanctus bell, a small bell usually suspended in a bell cot at the apex of the nave roof, over the chancel arch, in mediaeval churches, but a hand bell is now often used; so called because rung at the singing of the sanctus, at the conclusion of the ordinary of the mass, and again at the elevation of the host. Called also mass bell, sacring bell, saints' bell, sance-bell, sancte bell.

Origin: L. Sanctus, p.p. Of sancire.


Please contribute to this project, if you have more information about this term feel free to edit this page



This page was last modified 21:16, 3 October 2005. This page has been accessed 1,009 times. 
What links here | Related changes | Permanent link