Entertainment Music English Translation of the "Sanctus" Text Share PINTEREST Email Print Image Source / Getty Images Music Classical Music Basics Lyrics Operas Rock Music Pop Music Alternative Music Country Music Folk Music Rap & Hip Hop Rhythm & Blues World Music Punk Music Heavy Metal Jazz Latin Music Oldies Learn More by Aaron Green Aaron M. Green is an expert on classical music and music history, with more than 10 years of both solo and ensemble performance experience. Updated November 04, 2019 The Sanctus text is the oldest portion of the Mass in the Catholic Church and was added between the 1st and 5th centuries. Its purpose is to conclude the Preface of the Mass and it also appears in the 6th-century hymn, "Te Deum." Translation of the "Sanctus" As with any translation, there are many ways to interpret the words as we move between two languages. While the English translation of the Sanctus can (and does) vary, the following is one literal way to translate it. Latin English Sanctus, Sanctus, Sanctus, Holy, Holy, Holy, Dominus Deus Sabaoth. Lord God of Hosts. Hosanna in excelsis. Hosanna in the highest. Pleni sunt coeli et terra gloria tua. Full are heaven and earth of glory thy. Hosanna in excelsis. Hosanna in the highest. In the Latin version from the Church, the second to last line may read: Benedictus qui venit in nomine Domini. This, along with the second "Hosanna," is actually known as the Benedictus. It translates to "Blessed who comes in name of Lord." You can see this in the official English translations. The Official Translations It's important to note that the Sanctus, as well as other parts of the Ordinary Form of the Mass, have different interpretations in the Catholic Church. This is to help Catholics understand what is being said without the need to learn Latin. For English speakers, the Church offers an official translation from the Latin. These translations were updated in 1969 and again in 2011. For the Sanctus, the difference comes in the second line and you can see how other lines vary from the literal translation. The previous (1969) translation used: Holy, Holy, Holy.Lord, God of power and might.Heaven and earth are full of your glory.Hosanna in the highest.Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.Hosana in the highest. When the International Commission on English in the Liturgy (ICEL) prepared the latest translation in 2011, it was changed to: Holy, Holy, HolyLord God of hosts.Heaven and earth are full of your glory.Hosanna in the highest.Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.Hosanna in the highest. Continue Reading What Is the Translation of the "Benedictus"? What Does the Latin Prayer Ave Maria Mean in English? Do You Know the English Translation for the "Gloria"? What is the translation of the "Credo"? Learn the Lyrics to “Adeste Fideles” in Latin and English The Meaning, Latin Lyrics, and English Translation of "Ubi Caritas" Heavy Metal Lover's Guide to Recent Album Release Dates The Top 100 Christmas Songs Top 100 Alternative Albums of the 2000s 54 Famous Paintings Made by Famous Artists What Does the English Translation of "Agnus Dei" Mean? What Is the English Translation of the "Kyrie" Catholic Prayer? Beautiful Instrumental Pieces for Wedding Ceremonies Lyrics and Translation of Dvorak's "Song to the Moon" Despina's Famous Aria "In Uomini, in Soldati" from "Cosi Fan Tutte" Here's the English Translation of Mozart's 'Non Piu Andrai'