Canon of the 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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  • Canon of the Mass — canon can on (k[a^]n [u^]n), n. [OE. canon, canoun, AS. canon rule (cf. F. canon, LL. canon, and, for sense 7, F. chanoine, LL. canonicus), fr. L. canon a measuring line, rule, model, fr. Gr. kanw n rule, rod, fr. ka nh, ka nnh, reed. See {Cane} …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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