ELEVATION

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ELEVATION, in the ceremony of the mass, is the raising, first of the host and then of the cup, to receive the homage of the people, as the body and the blood of Jesus Christ: the priest himself previously performs the act of adoration by a deep genuflection. This ceremony was introduced into the Latin church in the beginning of the 12th century, in consequence of the heresy of Berengarius, in order to render the profession of the belief in the rea1 presence and the transubstantiation as decided and striking as possible. In the Greek Catholic church, the elevation of the host does, not take place immediately after the consecration, as in the Roman church, but before the communion, when the priest says sancta Sanctis (the holy for the holy).