Meaning of hear Mass in English:

hear Mass

phrase

  • Attend a celebration of the Mass without taking communion (especially as the former usual practice of lay Catholics).

    ‘They were forbidden to hear Mass, forced instead to attend Anglican services, with steep fines for those recusants who persistently refused.’
    • ‘In keeping with the custom of the time, the parishioners had heard Mass earlier that Sunday morning, and were attending the later services to complete their devotions for the day.’
    • ‘Henry, mirroring the behaviour of Ethelred, heard Mass three times.’
    • ‘There is one in a small church in York which I have visited where lepers were allowed to hear Mass.’
    • ‘The radios allow the housebound to hear Mass, services and other community items which are read out in the church.’