The Latin word for ‘holy’ is used in the Bible in many places, but most notably in Isaiah 6: 3, in which the Seraphim cry one to another ‘Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory’ (in the Vulgate, ‘et clamabant alter ad alterum et dicebant sanctus, sanctus, sanctus Dominus exercituum plena est omnis terra gloria eius’). It is found also in Revelation 4: 8. The triple repetition of the word ‘sanctus’ has led to its being referred to sometimes as the ‘Ter Sanctus’, but this should not be confused with the Ter Sanctus that is ‘Sanctus Deus, Sanctus Fortis, Sanctus Immortalis’ (see ‘Trisagion’*).
The ‘Sanctus’, followed by the words ‘Hosanna in...
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