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
- 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 benedicti&omacron;, benedicti&omacron;n-, from benedictus, past participle of bened&imacron;cere, to bless : bene, well; see deu-2 in Indo-European roots + d&imacron;cere, to speak; see deik- in Indo-European roots.
- ben′e·dic′tive, ben′e·dic′to·ry