Sursum Corda

Sursum Corda In the ancient service of the Church, it was the duty of the deacon to summon each class of worshippers separately to engage in prayer by saying, "Let us pray." Other forms for announcing the time of prayer were also used, as "Give audience," "Lift your heart" (Sursum corda). This rite is described in detail in the eighth book of the Apostolical Constitutions, where it is said that the high-priest or celebrant at mass says, "Lift up your hearts," and the faithful respond, "We lift them up unto the Lord." In its English form it is found in the Communion Service of the Church of England.

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