Introit meaning

ĭntrōĭt, -troit, ĭn-trōĭt
Any composition of vocal music appropriate to the opening of church services.
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A hymn or psalm sung when the officiant enters at the opening of a service.
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The beginning of the Mass, usually consisting of an antiphon, a psalm verse, and the Gloria Patri.
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A psalm or hymn sung or played at the opening of a Christian worship service.
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The first variable part of the Mass, consisting typically of one or more psalm verses.
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The action of entering or going in; an entrance.
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(Roman Catholicism) A psalm sung or chanted immediately before the collect, epistle, and gospel, and while the priest is entering within the rails of the altar, which begins with this verse: «Requiem aeternam dona eis, Domine».
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(Roman Catholicism) A part of a psalm or other portion of Scripture read by the priest at Mass immediately after ascending to the altar.
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An anthem or psalm sung before the Communion service.
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Origin of introit

  • Middle English introit of the Mass from Old French introite from Medieval Latin introitus sung passage at entrance of celebrant from Latin introitus entrance from past participle of introīre to enter intrō- in en in Indo-European roots īre to go ei- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From French introït, introïte, from Latin introitus (“entering”, “entrance”), from introeō (“I go within”, “I enter”), from intro- (“into”) + (“I go”).

    From Wiktionary