Anglo-Saxon term used prior to the 11th century, to distinguish a duly ordained priest from a simple cleric in minor orders; applied in medieval times to a secular priest as opposed to a monk. From the 16th century, a contemptuous designation for priests among Reformers in England, when the Mass was the chief object of their hatred.
- “Mass-priest”. . Saints.SQPN.com. 19 August 2010. Web. 6 December 2013. <http://saints.sqpn.com/mass-priest/>