• WordNet 3.6
    • n missal (Roman Catholic Church) a book containing all the prayers and responses needed to celebrate Mass throughout the year
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Missal Of or pertaining to the Mass, or to a missal or Mass book.
    • n Missal The book containing the service of the Mass for the entire year; a Mass book.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • missal Pertaining to the mass, or to the missal or Roman Catholic mass-book.
    • n missal In the Roman Catholic Church, the book containing all the liturgical forms necessary for celebrating mass throughout the year. Originally the ordinary, canon, and some other parts of the mass were contained in the sacramentary, which also included the ottices for the other sacraments. In addition to this the antiphonary, lectionary, and evangeliary had to be used. Early in the eighth century the name of missal (missalis (sc. liber), missale) came to be applied to the sacramentary, and later to books containing additional parts of the mass. A book like the modern missal.containing all the forms of the mass, was called a plenary missal (missale plenarium). The modern Roman missal (the “reformed missal”) was issued substantially in its present form under Pius V. in 1570, and revised again under Clement VIII. and Urban VIII. It is the only Latin missal allowed to be used in the Roman Catholic Church, with the exception of the limited local use of the Ambrosian, Mozarabic, and some monastic rites. Roman Catholic priests in England do not follow the Sarum and other ancient English uses, but the present Roman rites. The Uniats and other Latinizing communities in Oriental countries are allowed to retain their ancient offices, with alterations more or less considerable. In the Roman missal, after the introductory matter (calendar, general rubrics, etc.) come the introits, collects, epistles, gospels, graduals, offertoria, secreta, communions, postcommunions, etc., throughout the year. The ordinary and canon of the mass are placed in the middle of the book, between the proper of Holy Saturday and that of Easter Sunday. After these masses de tempore follow the common of saints, votive and special masses, etc., and masses allowed to be used in special places. The euchologion of the Greek Church answers not to the missal, but to the original sacramentary.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Missal mis′al the book which contains the complete service for mass throughout the year.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
LL. missale, liber missalis, from missa, mass: cf. F. missel,. See 1st Mass
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Low L. missale, from missa, mass.


In literature:

The Governor reached his state-room, and taking his Missal and the Image of the Virgin in his hand, he died in six hours.
"The Philippine Islands" by John Foreman
This collect was slightly altered from that in the Sarum Missal.
"Our Little Lady" by Emily Sarah Holt
Another leaf from the missal!
"The War Trail" by Mayne Reid
The words of its new Prayer-Book adhered as closely as they might to the words of Missal and Breviary.
"History of the English People" by John Richard Green
Gerande looked at her father, and a flood of tears moistened her missal.
"A Winter Amid the Ice" by Jules Verne
His companion quietly helped himself to a measure of pure gin, and unclasped the covers of his richly-bound missal.
"Captain Brand of the "Centipede"" by H. A. (Henry Augustus) Wise
Down with the monk whose missal is Boccaccio!
"Dreamers of the Ghetto" by I. Zangwill
Gardiner fumbled in his robes and pulled out his missal.
"The Fifth Queen" by Ford Madox Ford
His mind was full as he took up the Missal.
"Carmen Ariza" by Charles Francis Stocking
Lambeth tapestry works, 257; missal at, 30.
"Needlework As Art" by Marian Alford
The reader, I think, will understand this at once by considering the effect of the illuminations of an old missal.
"The Stones of Venice, Volume I (of 3)" by John Ruskin
This girl was extremely attractive, Mrs. Marvin decided, and found a good deal to say to her over the collection of ancient missals.
"The Spectacle Man" by Mary F. Leonard
MISSALS, gross adornments of, i.
"Curiosities of Literature, Vol. 3 (of 3)" by Isaac Disraeli
The cathedral possesses two illuminated missals.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 2" by Various
This bolder quaintness of the missals is very slightly modified in religious paintings of the period.
"Modern Painters, Volume IV (of V)" by John Ruskin
Second edition, superbly illuminated in the manner of the ancient missals by T. W. Gwilt Mapleson, Esq.
"Eureka:" by Edgar A. Poe
The nuptial kiss in the church was anciently part of the marriage ceremony, as appears from a rubric in one of the Salisbury missals.
"Folk-lore of Shakespeare" by Thomas Firminger Thiselton-Dyer
In his later years, he never went abroad without bringing back pictures, engravings, or rare missals.
"Reminiscences, 1819-1899" by Julia Ward Howe
To the chagrin of the papal party, the Roman book was utterly consumed, but the Gothic missal came forth unscathed.
"Women of the Romance Countries (Illustrated)" by John R Effinger
It outlined her figure, as thin as that of a medieval saint from a missal.
"The Man Who Couldn't Sleep" by Arthur Stringer

In poetry:

By his bed a monk was seated,
Who in humble voice repeated
Many a prayer and pater-noster,
From the missal on his knee;
"The Norman Baron" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
And, as on the sacred missal
He recorded their dismissal,
Death relaxed his iron features,
And the monk replied, "Amen!"
"The Norman Baron" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Where are you now, you roses red
From days of youth so blissful?
I keep your petals long since shed
In recollection’s missal.
""Where are you now, you roses red"" by Adam Gottlob Oehlenschlaeger
The old was ripening for the sky,
The young was twenty-four.
The Franklin's daughter passed him by,
Reading a painted missal-book,
Beside the chapel door.
"The Young Friar" by Alfred Noyes
Then over the fallen missal-book
The missel-thrushes sung
Till – Domus Aurea – rose the moon
And bells for vespers rung.
It was gold and blue for the old friar,
But hawthorn for the young.
"The Young Friar" by Alfred Noyes

In news:

Welcoming the New Roman Missal.
The Vatican website has posted the Program and the Missal for the liturgical celebrations.
The Roman Catholic Church will begin using the new Roman Missal in worship services beginning on Sunday.
The Roman Catholic Church will begin use of the new Roman Missal in worship services on Sunday, which means that prayers and responses that have been recited for four decades will be changed to a new format.
An Open Letter to the US Catholic Bishops on the Forthcoming Missal .
With a heavy heart, I have recently made a difficult decision concerning the new English missal .
Paul's rector helped translation of new Missal .
Paolo Padrini, a consultant with the Vatican's Pontifical Council for Social Communications, has launched a free iPad app to replace the Roman missal .
Helping American Catholics Learn the New Missal .
Anthony Sherman puts on his thickest Brooklynese when talking about preparing people for the forthcoming translation of the Roman Missal .
Welcoming the Roman Missal .
He had assisted in translation of the Roman Missal.
Roman Catholics' altered wording of a missal widely offensive to Jews still takes 'conversionist' approach.
Conductor Joseph Missal said the group has been rehearsing twice a week for six weeks.
The monks, the monastery , and the missal.