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n. pl. Sanc·tus·es
1. A hymn of praise sung or spoken at the end of the Preface in many Eucharistic liturgies, including the Ordinary of the Roman Catholic Mass.
2. A musical setting for this hymn.

[Middle English, from Late Latin Sānctus, from Latin sānctus, holy (from the first word of the hymn); see sanctify.]


1. (Ecclesiastical Terms) liturgy the hymn that occurs immediately after the preface in the celebration of the Eucharist
2. (Ecclesiastical Terms) a musical setting of this, usually incorporated into the Ordinary of the Roman Catholic Mass
[C14: from the first word of the hymn, Sanctus sanctus sanctus Holy, holy, holy, from Latin sancīre to consecrate]


(ˈsæŋk təs)

the hymn with which the Eucharistic preface culminates.
[< Latin sānctus secured by sanctions, inviolate, holy]


A Latin word meaning holy, used to mean a Roman Catholic hymn that begins with this word.
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In describing the familiar phenomenon of like texts prompting the employment of like melodies, citing the antiphons that begin O quam, Benedictus qui venit, and Hodie, he claims that "no study of them from this perspective has yet been published" (p.