from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Formerly, a secular priest of the Roman Catholic Church, as distinguished from the regulars; afterward, a priest retained in the chantries, or at particular altars, to say masses for the dead: still sometimes used derogatorily for any Roman Catholic priest.


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  • He was a very still man, much as a mass-priest might be.

    Westward Ho!

  • The historic mainstream, after all, had its origins in risk-taking innovators, not least in the development of the original Anglican vision of the educated pastor in every community in the land – not a mass-priest, not a Puritan lecturer, but an animator and teacher and friend to a whole population.

    Address at service to mark the 300th anniversary of Queen Anne's Bounty, Westminster Abbey

  • In addition to their influence as great centres of learning, English law had enjoined every mass-priest to keep a school in his parish church where all the young committed to his care might be instructed.

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  • Aelfric, who described himself in his early years as "a monk and a mass-priest," and was later on abbat of Eynsham.

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  • Lollardy had flourished among them so far back as the reign of Richard II; when the mayor, as folks told one another with pride, had plucked a mass-priest by the vestment on the way to the altar in All Saints 'Church, and had made him give over his mummery till the preacher had finished his sermon.

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  • Well-nigh in the middle of the church is an altar set and hallowed in name of St. Gregory, on which every Saturday their memory and decease are celebrated with mass-song by the mass-priest of that place.

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  • The first abbot at the same monastery was a mass-priest named Peter, who was sent back as a messenger into the kingdom of Gaul, and then was drowned in a bay of the sea, which was called Amfleet, and was laid in an unbecoming grave by the inhabitants of the place.

    The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 04

  • Britain, and soon sent messengers to Rome, that was Laurence a mass-priest and Peter a monk, that they should say and make known to the blessed St. Gregory that the English nation had received Christ's belief, and that he had been consecrated as bishop.

    The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 04

  • Oh! that any should so forfeit their reason, as to enslave themselves to the see of Rome; that they should be willing to hold a candle to a mass-priest, and bow down to a strange God! Let us not say we will make a captain, but rather say as

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  • Bass, the mass-priest, to build a monastery thereon. "

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