The Sanctus (Holy, Holy, Holy) is a song of praise to God. The lyrics are taken …


The Sanctus (Holy, Holy, Holy) is a song of praise to God. The lyrics are taken entirely from the Sacred Scriptures.

The first part is a song which we heard from the choir of angels the prophet Isaiah heard singing to God beside His throne.

Repeating “Holy” three times reminds us of the three divine persons in the Holy Trinity.

The second part is the acclamation of the crowd as Jesus entered Jerusalem mounted on a donkey on Palm Sunday: “Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest.”

They happily greeted Jesus, the long-awaited king entering His city.

In the Mass, we also greet Christ who is about to make Himself present before us.

Because of this, we can say the Sanctus is a song of men and angels, which unites us in praise of God.