solemn mass


Definition of solemn mass

: a mass marked by the use of incense and by the presence of a deacon and a subdeacon in attendance on the celebrant

Examples of solemn mass in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Flaming logs crack open, echoing through central Sardinia’s rugged massifs and twisting valleys, shooting sparks toward a solemn mass of spectators. Eliot Stein, Condé Nast Traveler, "A Pagan Exorcism in Sardinia," 29 Mar. 2018 Pope Francis held a solemn Mass in 2013 for the migrants who have perished attempting to cross from North Africa to the Italian island of Lampedusa. Bill Weir, CNN, "Can Pope Francis keep the door open for refugees?," 23 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of solemn mass

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Solemn mass.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 2020.

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