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Mozarabic Rite

The ancient liturgy of the Christian church in Spain. Its center was at Toledo. The term is derived from Arabic, "a would-be Arab." Its use stems from the centuries when Spain was under Arab or Moslem rule. Elements from eastern rites found their way into the liturgy of the church in Spain. The Mozarabic Rite continued the use of three lessons at the eucharist, the weekly singing of the Creed, and the use of other canticles. Contrary to eastern use, the phrase "and the Son" was found in the Creed in the Mozarabic Rite. Some elements of the BCP are drawn from the Mozarabic Rite. These elements include the prayer for the sanctification of the water at baptism (p. 307), the third Prayer for Light in the Order of Worship for the Evening (pp. 110-111), and the use of the Trisagion (p. 356). Mozarabic chant from the Mozarabic Rite is represented in The Hymnal 1982, including a setting of the Sanctus (S 123).

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