A hymn, especially in the Orthodox Church, with a triple invocation of God as holy.
- During the Trisagion the Reader should come and receive the blessing of the celebrant to read the Apostle.
- The Trisagion should not be confused with the Sanctus (‘Holy, holy, holy, Lord God of power and might.’)
- Now we first hear of the Trisagion in the 5th century, when it was apparently used as a processional antiphon during stational services in Constantinople.
Late Middle English: from Greek, neuter of trisagios, from tris 'three times' + hagios 'holy'.
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