con·​se·​cra·​tion | \ ˌkän(t)-sə-ˈkrā-shən How to pronounce consecration (audio) \

Definition of consecration

1 : the act or ceremony of consecrating
2 : the state of being consecrated
3 capitalized : the part of a Communion rite in which the bread and wine are consecrated

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Synonyms for consecration


blessing, hallowing, sanctification

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Examples of consecration in a Sentence

the consecration of the Host during Communion

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After the consecration, Anchorage Pastor Jahaziel Valadez walked out to the parking lot behind the temple to greet his congregation and visitors with a dinner of tacos. Jeff Parrott, Anchorage Daily News, "Anchorage’s ‘wedding cake church’ opens its doors after more than a decade of construction," 22 June 2019 In the apostle’s absence, his older brother, Pastor Benjamin Joaquin Garcia, gave the consecration. Jeff Parrott, Anchorage Daily News, "Anchorage’s ‘wedding cake church’ opens its doors after more than a decade of construction," 22 June 2019 The mass was held the day before Notre Dame’s yearly consecration of its altar, the feast of the Dedication of Our Lady. Justin Rohrlich, Quartz, "Priests in hard hats celebrate the first mass at Notre Dame since the devastating fire," 15 June 2019 The consecration of one near the village of Omto is followed by a rally of some 2,000 tribal men carrying primitive weapons. The Economist, "Stone-carving villagers make Indian officials jittery," 7 June 2018 For its re-consecration, a parade of dignitaries is being arranged by Abundant Life’s spiritual leader (Cedric Kyles, aka Cedric the Entertainer). Michael Phillips,, "'First Reformed' review: Ethan Hawke’s bracing dark night of the soul," 24 May 2018 As the 250th anniversary of the church’s consecration approaches, the pews are mostly empty on Sunday. Paul Schrader, New York Times, "Review: ‘First Reformed’ Is an Epiphany. Ethan Hawke Is, Too.," 17 May 2018 The sunny day started with a consecration of the grounds, at each of the four corners of the church. Silvia Foster-frau, San Antonio Express-News, "Six months later, Sutherland Springs residents count their blessings," 5 May 2018 The consecration of Elisa and fish-man’s love is almost incidental; their on-screen chemistry is fantastic. Esquire, "And the Best Picture Should Be...," 23 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of consecration

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of consecration was in the 14th century

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