Benedictus Definition

A canticle that begins Benedictus Dominus Deus Israel (“Blessed be the Lord God of Israel”).
American Heritage
Zacharias' hymn (Luke 1:68-79) beginning “Blessed,” a part of Lauds.
Webster's New World
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.
American Heritage
A short hymn of praise (Matt. 21:9), also beginning “Blessed,” used in the Mass.
Webster's New World
A musical setting for either of these canticles.
American Heritage

Origin of Benedictus

  • Latin past participle of benedīcere to bless benediction

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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