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High Mass

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Definition a solemn and elaborate Mass with music
  • Bishop O'Neill sang solemn high mass and the cardinal gave the final absolutions.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  This Side of Paradise
  • They made themselves as comfortable as they could on a rock formation that jutted out like a shelf from a hip-high mass of stone.
    Toni Morrison  --  Song of Solomon
  • High Mass was at eleven the next morning, the parish priest officiating and the Bishop in the Episcopal chair.
    Willa Cather  --  Death Comes for the Archbishop
  • On Sunday afternoons, after high mass, they went to baseball games and ate roasted peanuts from brown paper cones.
    Christina Garcia  --  Dreaming in Cuban
  • And Paquita says that at High Mass one day she saw Pedro passing Tita a love letter, perfumed and everything!
    Laura Esquivel  --  Like Water for Chocolate
  • In the distance, on the other side of the colonial city, the bells of the Cathedral were ringing for High Mass.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  Love in the Time of Cholera
  • I command, said the Archbishop, that ye keep you within your church and pray unto God still, that no man touch the sword till the high mass be all done.
    Thomas Malory  --  Le Morte D'Arthur, Volume I
  • I command, said the Archbishop, that ye keep you within your church and pray unto God still, that no man touch the sword till the high mass be all done.
    Thomas Malory  --  Le Morte D'Arthur
  • She liked the combined smell of worn leather bindings, library paste and freshly inked stamping pads better than she liked the smell of burning incense at high mass.
    Betty Smith  --  A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
  • Milagros had soaked the child in holy water after taking him to high mass at the Cathedral, but still he was feverish and wailed, as if he were mourning his own death before going.
    Julia Alvarez  --  How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents
  • High mass.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • These manifestations of public piety were to be concluded on Sunday by a High Mass celebrated under the auspices of St. Roch, the plaguestricken saint, and Father Paneloux was asked to preach the sermon.
    Albert Camus  --  The Plague
  • The hospital was a collection of corrugated tin roofs and whitewashed concrete walls sitting beside a church in the forest, where bells rang and you heard a sound of hymns and the words of the high mass spoken in Bantu.
    Richard Preston  --  The Hot Zone
  • The music stopped and the guests gathered in the main hall where a small, innocent priest, adorned with the vestments of high mass, read the complicated sermon he had written exalting confused and impracticable virtues.
    Isabel Allende  --  The House of Spirits
  • But when he beheld the wealthy manufacturer Madeleine going to low mass at seven o'clock, he perceived in him a possible candidate, and resolved to outdo him; he took a Jesuit confessor, and went to high mass and to vespers.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • The pontifical nuptial high mass was celebrated by such a galaxy of cardinals and bishops and nuncios that there seemed to be no part of the immense church which was not teeming with violet and scarlet and incense and little boys ringing silver bells.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • But the custom was imposed, the same as that of reciting the rosary before dinner, and it drew the attention of the neighbors, who soon spread the rumor that the Buendias did not sit down to the table like other mortals but had changed the act of eating into a kind of high mass.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  One Hundred Years of Solitude
  • Formerly, there had been peals for every occasion, long morning serenades, which lasted from prime to compline; peals from the belfry for a high mass, rich scales drawn over the smaller bells for a wedding, for a christening, and mingling in the air like a rich embroidery of all sorts of charming sounds.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • As for ourselves, the next day being Sunday, with no need to be up and stirring before high mass, if it was a moonlight night and warm, then, instead of taking us home at once, my father, in his thirst for personal distinction, would lead us on a long walk round by the Calvary, which my mother's utter incapacity for taking her bearings, or even for knowing which road she might be on, made her regard as a triumph of his strategic genius.
    Marcel Proust  --  Swann's Way
  • ...Laurie gathered up all Jo's letters, smoothed, folded, and put them neatly into a small drawer of the desk, stood a minute turning the ring thoughtfully on his finger, then slowly drew it off, laid it with the letters, locked the drawer, and went out to hear High Mass at Saint Stefan's, feeling as if there had been a funeral, and though not overwhelmed with affliction, this seemed a more proper way to spend the rest of the day than in writing letters to charming young ladies.
    Louisa May Alcott  --  Little Women

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