from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In the Roman Catholic Church, an invocation to the congregation by the priest in the mass just before the preface.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • (Eccl.) In the Eucharist, the versicles immediately before the preface, inviting the people to join in the service by “lifting up the heart” to God.

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  • noun (Roman Catholic Church) a Latin versicle meaning `lift up your hearts'


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  • (Encarta) (1.) part of Mass: in the Roman Catholic Church, a short sentence versicle spoken by a priest during Mass, just before the preface (2.) exhortation: a cry or exhortation, especially of hope

    May 16, 2008