WORSHIP INSIGHT: Sanctus

WORSHIP INSIGHT: Sanctus

Categories: Education,Pastor's Thoughts

The “Sanctus” happens during the Communion liturgy and begins “Holy, holy, holy…” The word “holy” in Latin is “sanctus.” It’s one of the oldest elements of the liturgy of which we have written evidence by St. Clement of Rome who died about 104 A.D. The first part of the Sanctus is from Isaiah 6:3, which describes the prophet Isaiah’s vision of the throne of God surrounded by six-winged angels. The author of Revelation has a similar vision (Rev. 4:8). Every Sunday we step into the role of the angels as we sing the Sanctus as we surround the altar, where God in all his holiness comes to us through the Word and in, with, and under the bread and the wine to forgive our sins.

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