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 for Mass bell
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Sanctus \Sanc"tus\, n. [L. sanctus, p. p. of sancire.]
     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.
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     2. (Mus.) An anthem composed for these words.
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     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
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Mass \Mass\ (m[.a]s), n. [OE. masse, messe, AS. maesse. LL.
     missa, from L. mittere, missum, to send, dismiss: cf. F.
     messe. In the ancient churches, the public services at which
     the catechumens were permitted to be present were called
     missa catechumenorum, ending with the reading of the Gospel.
     Then they were dismissed with these words : "Ite, missa est"
     [sc. ecclesia], the congregation is dismissed. After that the
     sacrifice proper began. At its close the same words were said
     to those who remained. So the word gave the name of Mass to
     the sacrifice in the Catholic Church. See Missile, and cf.
     Christmas, Lammas, Mess a dish, Missal.]
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     1. (R. C. Ch.) The sacrifice in the sacrament of the
        Eucharist, or the consecration and oblation of the host.
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     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.
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     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.
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