Proper preface

(Ch. of Eng. & Prot. Epis. Ch.) a portion of the communion service, preceding the prayer of consecration, appointed for certain seasons.

See also: Preface

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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Frances will ring it at the beginning of the Sanctus--of the Proper Preface conducting the congregation with three flicks of her wrist, bell chime and parishioner voices commingling, the meaning of their respective calls the same.
(13) This is reinforced and made an even more explicitly national affair in the day's proper preface (one of only five for the year, found in the Communion service), which remembers the coming of the Spirit
I, who could chant the Great Thanksgiving with the proper preface in my sleep if I'd had to, suddenly had no idea what page we were on, let alone any understanding of the structure of the synagogue service.
Most sources preserve notation only for the common preface, with the expectation that the priest would adapt the music to other approved texts, adding one of the two Proper preface conclusions ("Et ideo" or "Quem [Quam] laudant") ending with "sine fine dicentes." Boe has devised his own adaptations for the texts lacking music.
Among the comments: the music for the preface dialog and the proper prefaces did not engage the kind of florid and climactic chant lines that would more properly highlight the introductory section of the Great Thanksgiving.
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