• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Sanctus (Eccl) 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.
    • Sanctus (Mus) An anthem composed for these words.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n Sanctus In liturgics, the ascription “Holy, holy, holy, Lord God of hosts, …” in which the eucharistic preface culminates, and which leads up to the canon or prayer of consecration. The Sanctus exists and occupies this place in all liturgies. It is probably of primitive origin, and was already, as it still is, used in the Jewish liturgy (being taken from Isa. vi. 2, 3: compare Rev. iv. 8), the following “Hosanna” (Psalm cxviii. 25, “Save now”) also further marking the connection. A similar ascription occurs in the Te Deum. Other names for the Sanctus are the Tersanctus (and, improperly, the Trisagion), and the Seraphic or Triumphal Hymn (Epinicion). See Benedictus, preface.
    • n Sanctus A musical setting of the above ascription or hymn.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Sanctus the ascription, 'Holy, holy, holy, Lord God of Hosts,' from Isa. vi.: a musical setting of the same
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. sanctus, p. p. of sancire,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. sanctificāre, -ātumsanctus, sacred, facĕre, to make.


In literature:

Sanctus Jacobus hee was my Saint, pray to him.
"Massacre at Paris" by Christopher Marlowe
I yet recollect there was a man called Raffaelle Sanctus.
"The Life and Letters of Charles Darwin, Volume I (of II)" by Charles Darwin
BLACK SANCTUS, burlesque hymn, any unholy riot.
"Volpone; Or, The Fox" by Ben Jonson
Maturus, therefore, Sanctus and Blandina, were led to the wild beasts.
"Marius the Epicurean, Volume Two" by Walter Horatio Pater
BLACK SANCTUS, burlesque hymn, any unholy riot.
"The Alchemist" by Ben Jonson
The word sanctify means simply "to make holy" (L., sanctificare = sanctus, holy, + ficare, to make).
"The Heart-Cry of Jesus" by Byron J. Rees
BLACK SANCTUS, burlesque hymn, any unholy riot.
"The Poetaster" by Ben Jonson
BLACK SANCTUS, burlesque hymn, any unholy riot.
"Sejanus: His Fall" by Ben Jonson
BLACK SANCTUS, burlesque hymn, any unholy riot.
"Every Man In His Humor" by Ben Jonson
Every note of the Sanctus was familiar to her, and when it drew near the end Heinz retained the same position.
"In The Fire Of The Forge, Complete" by Georg Ebers
The Madonna-like purity of her face might have been inspired by the Sanctus in Gounod's Mass.
"The King in Yellow" by Robert W. Chambers
Externally, there should be observed (1) the square sanctus-bell cot, (2) the E.E.
"Somerset" by G.W. Wade and J.H. Wade
Sanctus, Claudius, iv 62.
"Tacitus: The Histories, Volumes I and II" by Caius Cornelius Tacitus
From San came the Latine terms, sanus, sano, sanctus, sancire.
"A New System; or, an Analysis of Antient Mythology. Volume I." by Jacob Bryant
Sanctus, immortalis miserere nobis.
"The St. Gregory Hymnal and Catholic Choir Book" by Various
Better to read the Koran, than to sing the Black Sanctus.
"The Strange Adventures of Captain Dangerous, Vol. 1 of 3" by George Augustus Sala
You elevate your torch first of all at the Sanctus and then at the Consecration.
"Sinister Street, vol. 1" by Compton Mackenzie
Sanctus was a deacon at Vienne.
"The Palm Tree Blessing" by W. E. Shepard
The carving on the smaller panels illustrates the following verses of the "Preface to the Sanctus" which are inscribed beneath them.
"Bell's Cathedrals: The Cathedral Church of Manchester" by Thomas Perkins
SANCTUS SERAPHINO, Venezia, about 1730.
"Violins and Violin Makers" by Joseph Pearce

In news:

Sanctus Real New Year's Eve Concert, Cedar Creek Church, 29129 Lime City Rd.
Sanctus Real performs at En Fuego on Saturday.
"Festival Sanctus" by Cathy Moklebust (b 1958) brings a holy, set-apart mood to the evening with the beautiful sounds of handbells .
Sanctus Real's Bus Destroyed in Fire.
(That work's ending, with ominous held chords under the choir 's fading whispers of "sanctus," was a notable exception.).
Featuring NewSong, Skillet, Sanctus Real, Brock Gill and many more.
Sanctus Real, "Pieces of a Real Heart" Should Quell the Questioning.
We love playing Sanctus Real's new song "Promises" on the radio and are looking forward to the release of their new album "Run" in February of 2013.