High Mass

High 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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  • High Mass — may mean: *Solemn Mass, a Tridentine Mass celebrated with deacon and subdeacon (international and general United States [ [http://www.bartleby.com/61/18/M0341800.html The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition, 2000] …   Wikipedia

  • High Mass — High High, a. [Compar. {Higher}; superl. {Highest}.] [OE. high, hegh, hey, heh, AS. he[ a]h, h?h; akin to OS. h?h, OFries. hag, hach, D. hoog, OHG. h?h, G. hoch, Icel. h?r, Sw. h[ o]g, Dan. h[ o]i, Goth. hauhs, and to Icel. haugr mound, G. h[… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • High Mass — n. former term for a Mass with parts of the text sung by the celebrant rather than recited and often with added ceremony but without a deacon and subdeacon: cf. SOLEMN (HIGH) MASS …   English World dictionary

  • high mass — high′ mass′ n. rel (often caps.) a mass in which the liturgy is sung, rather than spoken, by the celebrant Compare low mass • Etymology: 1100–50 …   From formal English to slang

  • High Mass — noun count or uncount a religious ceremony in the Roman Catholic Church that is more formal than a usual MASS …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • High Mass — n [U and C] a very formal church ceremony in the Roman Catholic Church …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • High Mass — noun a solemn and elaborate Mass with music • Hypernyms: ↑Mass • Part Meronyms: ↑Mass * * * noun Usage: often capitalized H&M Etymology: Middle English : a mass that is sung and not said by a priest with the assistance o …   Useful english dictionary

  • High Mass — UK / US noun [countable/uncountable] Word forms High Mass : singular High Mass plural High Masses a religious ceremony in the Roman Catholic Church that is more formal than an ordinary mass …   English dictionary

  • high mass — N UNCOUNT High mass is a church service held in a Catholic church in which there is more ceremony than in an ordinary mass …   English dictionary

  • High Mass — Rom. Cath. Ch. a Mass celebrated according to the complete rite, in which the liturgy is sung by the celebrant. Cf. Low Mass. [1100 50; ME, late OE] * * * …   Universalium

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