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introit


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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Introit  \In*tro"it\,  n.  [L.  introitus,  fr  introire  to  go  into 
  to  enter  intro  within  +  ire  to  go:  cf  F.  introit.] 
  1.  A  going  in  --Caxton. 
 
  2.  (R.  C.  Ch.) 
  a  A  psalm  sung  or  chanted  immediately  before  the 
  collect,  epistle,  and  gospel,  and  while  the  priest  is 
  entering  within  the  rails  of  the  altar. 
  b  A  part  of  a  psalm  or  other  portion  of  Scripture  read 
  by  the  priest  at  Mass  immediately  after  ascending  to 
  the  altar. 
 
  3.  (R.  C.  Ch.)  An  anthem  or  psalm  sung  before  the  Communion 
  service. 
 
  4.  Any  composition  of  vocal  music  appropriate  to  the  opening 
  of  church  services.