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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Examples of consecration in a Sentence

the consecration of the Host during Communion
Recent Examples on the Web One of the images ended up on the cover of Italian Vogue: a consecration that established Stella as a star. Hamish Bowles, Vogue, "A Tribute to Stella Tennant, a Unique Spirit, and My Friend," 24 Dec. 2020 A year later, still grieving, Hadrian began his last imperial visit to Athens for the consecration of the Olympieion. History Magazine, "This Roman emperor spared no expense on his passion for all things Greek," 3 Dec. 2020 Her legend is typical of female Christian saints: a vow of chastity, consecration to God, defiance of the temporal authorities (in her case the governor of Syracuse) and subsequent gruesome execution. Teju Cole, New York Times, "In Dark Times, I Sought Out the Turmoil of Caravaggio’s Paintings," 23 Sep. 2020 Early on, Hanle’s head monk granted permission to shift a stupa from the highest point of Digpa Ratsa Ri, and the Dalai Lama later performed the Himalayan Chandra’s consecration ceremony. Raghu Karnad, The New Yorker, "The Clear Night Sky Over India and China’s Hostile Border," 19 Sep. 2020 The consecration of Bishop Curry was held with fewer than 30 people in attendance at Cathedral Church of the Advent in Birmingham, with strict social distancing and face-mask requirements. al, "Bishop Kee Sloan extends Episcopal Church ban on in-person group worship to July 15," 30 June 2020 In 1977, Monsignor Ratzinger conducted the choir at his brother’s consecration as archbishop of Munich and Freising. Ari L. Goldman,, "Rev. Georg Ratzinger, choirmaster and a pope’s brother," 1 July 2020 Bishop Scott Benhase of Georgia, president of Province IV, served as the chief celebrant of the consecration service. al, "First woman bishop takes office for Diocese of Alabama," 27 June 2020 The final consecration on Nov. 20, 1964, was a city event beyond the church’s immediate faithful. Bill Van Niekerken,, "Worth the wait: Grace Cathedral’s early days and biggest moments," 17 June 2020

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First Known Use of consecration

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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29 Dec 2020

Cite this Entry

“Consecration.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jan. 2021.

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