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The entrance or introductory rite of the Mass. It consists of an opening hymn, sung or recited, while the priest approaches the altar, kisses it, and goes to the place where he will greet the people and begin the penitential rite. (Etym. French introit, a going in; from Latin introitus: intro-, within + ire, to go.)
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