high mass
noun Usage: often capitalized H&M Date: 12th century a mass marked by the singing of prescribed parts by the celebrant and the choir or congregation

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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 — 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… …   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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