A priest offers a benediction.
A Roman Catholic service in which the congregation is blessed with the Blessed Sacrament is an example of benediction.
- a blessing
- an invocation of divine blessing, esp. at the end of a religious service
- [B-]R.C.Ch. a devotional service during which a consecrated Host is exposed in a monstrance and a solemn blessing is given with the Host
Origin of benedictionMiddle English benediccioun from Ecclesiastical Late Latin benedictio from benedicere, to bless from L, to commend from bene, well + dicere, to speak: see diction
- A blessing.
- An invocation of divine blessing, usually at the end of a church service.
- often Benediction Roman Catholic Church A short service consisting of prayers, the singing of a Eucharistic hymn, and the blessing of the congregation with the host.
- An expression of good wishes.
Origin of benedictionMiddle English benediccioun from Old French benedicion from Latin benedictiō benedictiōn- from benedictus past participle of benedīcere to bless bene well ; see deu-2 in Indo-European roots. dīcere to speak ; see deik- in Indo-European roots.
- ben′e·dic′tive ben′e·dic′to·ry