Sanctus, Tersanctus, or Trisagion?


the archives near Emmaus

Here’s a bit of a curiosity.

I’m currently working on a brief review of Larry Hurtado’s At the Origins of Christian Worship, as well as a study of liturgical acclamations and doxologies in the ancient Christian church. I began my research for the latter with a review of Paul Bassett’s entry on “Doxology” in the Encyclopedia of Early Christianity (2nd ed). Bassett makes a definite distinction between two similar doxologies of the early church:

In the fourth century, three principal forms of liturgical doxology became distinguishable. Probably the oldest is the Sanctus or Tersanctus, first notice of which comes from the end of the first century. Its original form was probably “Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord of Hosts, all creation is full of thy glory” (1 Clem. 34)In the eastern liturgies, after the mid-fifth century, the term “Angels’ Hymn” often referred to quite another doxology, the Trisagion: “O…

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