Definition of benediction
- a prayer of benediction
- dismissed the congregation with a benediction
- … the Mexican sun is no pleasant benediction like our northern sun …
- —Gertrude Diamant
- … yearning for the benediction of the New York critics …
He dismissed the congregation with a benediction.
the priest offered a benediction for the missing children
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In benediction, the bene root is joined by another Latin root, dictio, "speaking", so the word's meaning becomes something like "well-wishing". Perhaps the best-known benediction is the so-called Aaronic Benediction from the Bible, which begins, "May the Lord bless you and keep you". An important section of the Catholic Mass was traditionally known as the Benedictus, after its first word (meaning "blessed"). It was St. Benedict who organized the first Christian monasteries; many Christians have been baptized Benedict in his honor, and 16 popes have taken it as their papal name.
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