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 change instructed parishioners to kneel after the Agnus Dei during the consecration., "Reverence and resistance in one of Portland’s oldest Catholic churches," 11 Aug. 2019 In an invitation to the church’s consecration in 1850, the Old Salem building, which still stands at 701 Ingleside Ave. Cody Boteler,, "Forgotten no longer: Scout builds memorial to children in unmarked Catonsville graves," 19 Aug. 2019 This is perhaps because the transfer in narrow minds from individual selfishness to group selfishness covers with the glamor of religious consecration the sordid meanness of one race toward another. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, "How Black Suffragettes Subverted the Domestic Sphere," 18 Aug. 2019 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

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First Known Use of consecration

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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25 Oct 2019

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“Consecration.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 10 December 2019.

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