Low Mass
Mass Mass (m[.a]s), n. [OE. masse, messe, AS. m[ae]sse. LL. missa, from L. mittere, missum, to send, dismiss: cf. F. messe. In the ancient churches, the public services at which the catechumens were permitted to be present were called missa catechumenorum, ending with the reading of the Gospel. Then they were dismissed with these words : ``Ite, missa est'' [sc. ecclesia], the congregation is dismissed. After that the sacrifice proper began. At its close the same words were said to those who remained. So the word gave the name of Mass to the sacrifice in the Catholic Church. See {Missile}, and cf. {Christmas}, {Lammas}, {Mess} a dish, {Missal}.] [1913 Webster] 1. (R. C. Ch.) The sacrifice in the sacrament of the Eucharist, or the consecration and oblation of the host. [1913 Webster]

2. (Mus.) The portions of the Mass usually set to music, considered as a musical composition; -- namely, the Kyrie, the Gloria, the Credo, the Sanctus, and the Agnus Dei, besides sometimes an Offertory and the Benedictus. [1913 Webster]

{Canon of the Mass}. See {Canon}.

{High Mass}, Mass with incense, music, the assistance of a deacon, subdeacon, etc.

{Low Mass}, Mass which is said by the priest throughout, without music.

{Mass bell}, the sanctus bell. See {Sanctus}.

{Mass book}, the missal or Roman Catholic service book. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Low Mass — (called in Latin, Missa lecta, which literally means read Mass )[1][2][3] is a Tridentine Mass defined officially in the Code of Rubrics included in the 1962 edition of the Roman Missal as Mass in which the priest does not chant the parts that… …   Wikipedia

  • low mass — low′ mass′ n. rel (often caps.) a mass that is said rather than sung by the celebrant. Compare high mass • Etymology: 1560–70 …   From formal English to slang

  • Low Mass — n. former term for a Mass of simple ceremony, the texts being recited, not sung, by the celebrant …   English World dictionary

  • Low Mass — noun a Mass recited without music • Hypernyms: ↑Mass * * * noun Usage: often capitalized L&M : a mass that is not sung but said in the simplest ceremonial form often without music or choir and with but one priest and one acolyte * * * a Mass that …   Useful english dictionary

  • LOW MASS —    mass performed by a single priest and without musical accompaniment …   The Nuttall Encyclopaedia

  • Low Mass — a Mass that is said, and not sung, by the celebrant, who is assisted by one server, and which has less ceremonial form than a High Mass, using no music or choir. Cf. High Mass. [1560 70] * * * …   Universalium

  • low mass — noun Usage: often capitalized L&M Date: 1568 a mass that is recited without singing by the celebrant, without a deacon, subdeacon, or choir assisting the celebrant, and without the use of incense …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Low Mass —    A Roman Catholic mass without singing …   Historical dictionary of sacred music

  • Low Mass — noun (in the Catholic Church) Mass with no music and a minimum of ceremony …   English new terms dictionary

  • low mass — /loʊ ˈmæs/ (say loh mas) noun Roman Catholic Church (formerly) a mass said, and not sung, by a priest, assisted by a server only …   Australian English dictionary

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