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Designating or relating to Eucharistic elements (especially the bread) consecrated at a previous mass. Also generally: sanctified or made holy beforehand.
"Mass (also Liturgy) of the Presanctified", a particular form of Eucharistic liturgy without the consecration, at which elements consecrated at a previous celebration are consumed, used in Churches of the Byzantine Rite on many weekdays in Lent, and in some Anglican Churches (as well as, until the late 20th cent., the Roman Catholic Church) on Good Friday.
Early 17th century; earliest use found in Francis White (d. 1638), bishop of Ely. From pre- + sanctified, after post-classical Latin praesanctificatus. Compare French présanctifié, adjective. With use as noun compare post-classical Latin praesanctificata presanctified eucharistic elements. With Mass of the Presanctified compare post-classical Latin missa praesanctificatorum. With Liturgy of the Presanctified compare Byzantine Greek λειτουργία τῶν προηγιασμένων.
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