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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Mass n.
 1. R. C. Ch. The sacrifice in the sacrament of the Eucharist, or the consecration and oblation of the host.
 2. Mus. The portions of the Mass usually set to music, considered as a musical composition; -- namely, the Kyrie, the Gloria, the Credo, the Sanctus, and the Agnus Dei, besides sometimes an Offertory and the Benedictus.
 Canon of the Mass. See Canon.
 High Mass, Mass with incense, music, the assistance of a deacon, subdeacon, etc.
 Low Mass, Mass which is said by the priest throughout, without music.
 Mass bell, the sanctus bell. See Sanctus.
 Mass book, the missal or Roman Catholic service book.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Sanc·tus n.
 1. 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.
 2. Mus. An anthem composed for these words.
 Sanctus bell, a small bell usually suspended in a bell cot at the apex of the nave roof, over the chancel arch, in mediaeval churches, but a hand bell is now often used; -- so called because rung at the singing of the sanctus, at the conclusion of the ordinary of the Mass, and again at the elevation of the host. Called also Mass bell, sacring bell, saints' bell, sance-bell, sancte bell.