What is the “Sanctus”?
The Sanctus (pronounced sahnk-TOOS) is a hymn of praise sung during the order of Holy Communion. The word sanctus is the Latin word for “holy.” The Sanctus begins “Holy, holy, holy! Lord God of power and might: Heaven and earth are full of your glory.” We sing the same words sung by the angels in Isaiah 6, about the glory of our God who has come to be with us. Then we sing “Hosanna in the highest. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest.” These words from Psalm 118 were sung by the crowds when Christ rode into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday.
Why do we sing the Sanctus?
The Sanctus proclaims that our Savior Jesus comes to be with us physically in His very body and blood for the forgiveness of our sins. He is really and truly present in the Sacrament of Holy Communion! When we sing the Sanctus, the angels in heaven along with those who have died in the faith join us in a hymn of praise to God. Wow! That is amazing!
The Sanctus proclaims the presence of Christ in the Sacrament while praising God and confessing the unity of God’s Church in every time and place. Encourage your children to sing the Sanctus with the congregation. Remind them that Jesus is really here and that they are singing the Sanctus with people and spiritual beings they can’t even see!