Sanctus

[s_ˈa_n_k_t_ə_s], [sˈanktəs], [sˈanktəs]

Definitions of 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, originally commencing with the Latin word sanctus, holy.
  3.   An anthem composed for these words.

Usage examples for Sanctus:

  1. The " Kyrie eleison," solemn and sumptuous, the " Gloria in excelsis," shared by the grand and the choir organs, the one taking the solos, the other guiding and sustaining the singers, was full of exultant joy; the " Sanctus concentrated, almost haggard, resounded through the arches when the choir shouted the " Hosanna in excelsis," and the " Agnus Dei" was sung low to a clear, suppliant melody, so humble that it dared not become loud. ” – En Route by J.-K. (Joris-Karl) Huysmans
  2. And then a score of birds flew over me,- Birds which arrived because the day was done, To sing the Sanctus of the setting sun; And then I heard thy voice upon the lea. ” – Love Letters of a Violinist and Other Poems by Eric Mackay
  3. “ A fear seized him that in spite of all his practice he was kneeling on the wrong side of the priest; he forgot the first responses; he was sure the Sanctus bell was too far away; he wished that Mr. Dorward would not mutter quite so inaudibly. ” – The Altar Steps by Compton MacKenzie
  4. And then the priest began the Sursum corda, and said the Sanctus – Callista by John Henry Cardinal Newman
  5. Sanctus in D major. ” – Johann Sebastian Bach by Johann Nikolaus Forkel and Charles Sanford Terry
  6. “ Cicero mentions that Ennius applied the epithet sanctus to poets. ” – The Roman Poets of the Republic by W. Y. Sellar
  7. “ Concurrunt in conversione hae causae: Spiritus Sanctus – Historical Introductions to the Symbolical Books of the Evangelical Lutheran Church by Friedrich Bente
  8. See Church Temperance Society 61 Ter Sanctus 252 Terms of Christian Unity 222 Testimonials 252 Testimony to Scriptural Character of Confirmation 67, 68 Thanksgiving. ” – The American Church Dictionary and Cyclopedia by William James Miller
  9. There are in Gruter inscriptions, wherein he has the title of Semon prefixed, and is also styled Sanctus – A New System; or, an Analysis of Antient Mythology. Volume I. by Jacob Bryant
  10. During his mass everybody was obliged to kneel at the Sanctus and to remain so until after the communion of the priest; and if he heard the least noise, or saw anybody talking during the mass, he was much displeased. ” – The Memoirs of Louis XIV., His Court and The Regency, Complete by Duc de Saint-Simon
  11. “ 1106 Consecrated beyonde the seas in the yeere of his age 64, his surname was Sanctus vnto whose memorie the 3. of March was by the inhabitants in old time dedicated. ” – The Principal Navigations, Voyages, Traffiques and Discoveries of the English Nation, v. 1, Northern Europe by Richard Hakluyt
  12. Now the last bars of the Sanctus were commencing. ” – In The Fire Of The Forge, Volume 5. by Georg Ebers
  13. During the Communion service the Sanctus and concerted music were sung. ” – Johann Sebastian Bach by Johann Nikolaus Forkel and Charles Sanford Terry
  14. The Sanctus was one of the most impressive peals of worship and adoration that I have ever heard. ” – Lourdes by Robert Hugh Benson
  15. The Sanctus bell was generally made of silver, and occasionally a number of little bells were hung in the middle of the church, and by means of a wheel they were all made to ring at once. ” – Our Homeland Churches and How to Study Them by Sidney Heath
  16. Cum Evangelium audimus aut cogitamus aut sacramenta tractamus et fide nos consolamur simul est efficax Spiritus Sanctus – Historical Introductions to the Symbolical Books of the Evangelical Lutheran Church by Friedrich Bente
  17. At Bosham Harbour the fishermen used to so join in the service of the sanctuary, and it is said that when George Herbert's sanctus bell sounded for prayers, the ploughmen stopped from their work for a few moments and prayed. ” – English Villages by P. H. Ditchfield
  18. Outside the church at the apex of the gable over the chancel arch there is sometimes a small bell- cote, wherein the sanctus or saunce bell once hung. ” – English Villages by P. H. Ditchfield

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