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 Mason and Dixon’s Line.Mass (The). 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
High Mass or “Grand Mass” is sung by choristers, and celebrated with the assistance of a deacon and sub-deacon.   1
   Low Mass is simply read without singing; there is one between these two called the “chanted mass,” in which the service is chanted by the priest.   2
   Besides these there are a number of special masses, as the mass of the Beatæ, mass of the Holy Ghost, mass of the dead, mass of a saint, mass of scarcity, dry mass, votive mass, holiday mass, Ambrosian mass, Gallic mass, mass of the presanctified for Good Friday, missa Mosara’bum, etc. etc.   3

 Mason and Dixon’s Line.Mass (The). 


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