benediction

[ben-i-dik-shuhn]
noun
1.
an utterance of good wishes.
2.
the form of blessing pronounced by an officiating minister, as at the close of divine service.
3.
a ceremony by which things are set aside for sacred uses, as a church, vestments, or bells.
4.
(usually initial capital letter) . Also called Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament. a service consisting of prayers, at least one prescribed hymn, censing of the congregation and the Host, and a blessing of the congregation by moving in the form of a cross the ciborium or monstrance containing the Host.
5.
the advantage conferred by blessing; a mercy or benefit.

Origin:
1400–50; late Middle English (< Middle French) < Latin benedictiōn- (stem of benedictiō). See Benedictus, -ion

prebenediction, noun
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benediction (ˌbɛnɪˈdɪkʃən)
 
n
1.  an invocation of divine blessing, esp at the end of a Christian religious ceremony
2.  a Roman Catholic service in which the congregation is blessed with the sacrament
3.  the state of being blessed
 
[C15: from Latin benedictio, from benedīcere to bless; see benedicite]
 
bene'dictory
 
adj

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benediction
early 15c., from L. benedictionem (nom. benedictio), noun of action from benedictus, pp. of benedicere "to speak well of, bless," from bene "well" (see bene-) + dicere "to speak" (see diction). The oldest sense in English is of grace before meat.
The older French form, beneiçon passed into M.E. as benison.
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benediction

a verbal blessing of persons or things, commonly applied to invocations pronounced in God's name by a priest or minister, usually at the conclusion of a religious service. The Aaronic benediction (Num. 6:24-26) was incorporated by Luther into his German Mass and is preserved by modern Lutherans because of its impressive dignity; it is also used in the Mozarabic liturgy of Spain before the reception of the Host. The Swedish liturgy appends a trinitarian formula to this same benediction. Some Christian churches, however, prefer the Pauline benediction (II Cor. 13:14).

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  benediction.
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