solemn mass

noun

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

Example Sentences

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, 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, 23 Mar. 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of solemn mass was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Solemn mass.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/solemn%20mass. Accessed 8 Dec. 2022.

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