Definition of benediction
1 religion : the invocation (see invocation 1a) of a blessing a prayer of benediction; especially : the short blessing with which public worship is concluded dismissed the congregation with a benediction
2 : something that promotes goodness or well-being … the Mexican sun is no pleasant benediction like our northern sun … — Gertrude Diamant
3 often capitalized, Christianity : a Roman Catholic or Anglo-Catholic devotion (see devotion 1c) including the exposition of the eucharistic Host in the monstrance and the blessing of the people with it
4 : an expression of good wishes … yearning for the benediction of the New York critics … — Time
Examples of benediction in a Sentence
He dismissed the congregation with a benediction.
the priest offered a benediction for the missing children
Recent Examples of benediction from the Web
Rev. Terry Schmitt gave the invocation and benediction.
Deacon David Madejski, of St. Mary's Church, gave the opening prayer and benediction.
The benediction was given by Pastor Milligan of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church.
Rev. Kevin Folger of the Cleveland Baptist Church gave the benediction.
Invocation, moment of silence and benediction by Maj.
Ms. Hood saw the priest her husband once was, offering blessings and benedictions to his congregation.
The ceremony includes a rifle salute, taps and a benediction by Post 250 Chaplain Charles Hartley.
The melody is fond and gentle; the song sounds like a benediction.
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Did You Know?
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.
Origin and Etymology of benediction
BENEDICTION Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of benediction for English Language Learners
: a prayer that asks for God's blessing
BENEDICTION Defined for Kids
Definition of benediction for Students
1 : a short blessing said especially at the end of a religious service
2 : an expression of good wishes
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