mis·​sal | \ ˈmi-səl How to pronounce missal (audio) \

Definition of missal

: a book containing all that is said or sung at mass during the entire year

Examples of missal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The pews have been stripped of hymn books and missals, and Holy Water basins are dry. Melissa Fletcher Stoeltje, ExpressNews.com, 19 May 2020 That same image recurs again at the bottom of a page from a German missal (before 1381) whose main image portrays the Resurrection. Judith H. Dobrzynski, WSJ, 15 June 2019 With his hand on the missal, Johnson took his oath with Jackie Kennedy by his side. Pete Corson, ajc, 8 June 2018 Staffers couldn't find a Bible but were able to get a missal (a book of Catholic prayers) from Kennedy's bedstand on the plane. Pete Corson, ajc, 8 June 2018 Through the language of the missal as well as through the posture and gestures of the priest at the altar, the traditional Latin Mass recalls Temple sacrifice, a type that prefigured the blood sacrifice on Calvary. Nicholas Frankovich, National Review, 21 Sep. 2017 One of us had a missal issued by the Marine Corps, our only book, but our captors had torn out the pages with the American flag and The Star-Spangled Banner. USA TODAY, 11 Sep. 2017 See More

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First Known Use of missal

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for missal

Middle English messel, from Anglo-French & Medieval Latin; Anglo-French missal, messel, from Medieval Latin missale, from neuter of missalis of the mass, from Late Latin missa mass — more at mass

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“Missal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/missal. Accessed 8 Aug. 2022.

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