• Latin: praefatio, an introduction


The prayer preceding the Canon of the Mass, beginning with the words Sursum corda, and ending with the prayer Sanctus, sanctus, etc. This is an introduction to the Canon of the Mass and it is essentially a prayer of thanksgiving for the benefits of God. It is the first part of the Eucharistic prayers.

MLA Citation

  • “preface”. New Catholic Dictionary. CatholicSaints.Info. 26 December 2010. Web. 22 September 2021. <>