Benedictus definition by Webster's New World
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- Zacharias' hymn (Luke 1:68-79) beginning “Blessed,” a part of Lauds
- a short hymn of praise (Matt. 21:9), also beginning “Blessed,” used in the Mass
- music for either of these hymns
Origin: Late Latin (Ec), blessed, past participle of benedicere: see benediction
Benedictus definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- a. A canticle that begins Benedictus Dominus Deus Israel (“Blessed be the Lord God of Israel”).b. A canticle that begins Benedictus qui venit in nomine Domini (“Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord”) that forms the end of the Sanctus in the Roman Catholic Mass.
- A musical setting for either of these canticles.
Origin: Latin, past participle of benedīcere, to bless; see Benediction .