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Forgive me if I’m making an egregious mistake, but is this not the equivalent of the modern term “high mass”?

 

http://www.medieval.org/emfaq/cds/ssm2819.htm for another example.

 

Best regards

 

Jane

 

 


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Subject: [M-R] meaning of magna missa?

 

 

Dear Learned Listmembers,

 

I was going through an early 12th century monastic missal from the Loire area. On a page with the proper texts  for a feast of the BVM , there was a marginal rubric that stated “ad magnam missam” followed by abbreviated texts for all the proper chants of a mass (officium, alleluia, offertorium and post communio).

I have never seen this term magna missa before; does it mean something like the main community mass (as opposed to the lesser masses?) I would appreciate knowing its precise significance if anyone has this info.

many thanks,

John W.

 

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