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[kon-si-krey-shuh n] /ˌkɒn sɪˈkreɪ ʃən/
the act of consecrating; dedication to the service and worship of a deity.
the act of giving the sacramental character to the Eucharistic elements of bread and wine, especially in the Roman Catholic Church.
ordination to a sacred office, especially to the episcopate.
Origin of consecration
1350-1400; Middle English consecracio(u)n (< Anglo-French) < Latin consecrātiōn- (stem of consecrātiō). See consecrate, -ion
Related forms
deconsecration, noun
nonconsecration, noun
preconsecration, noun
reconsecration, noun
unconsecration, noun Unabridged
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  • Tomorrow the cathedral the services will have a note of preparation for the consecration.
  • She knew the real value of an authentic consecration ceremony and wasn't about to back down.
  • In this case ritualistic objects, known as consecration items, were discovered in a hidden cavity within this figure.
  • Having therefore received the episcopal consecration, he cheerfully set himself to fulfil every duty of that important charge.
  • Great opposition was made against his episcopal consecration and mission, both by his own relations and by the clergy.
  • And it was from her that he learned the secret of the town, the consecration of its folk to the ancient sorceries.
  • In a number of cases reported in the media, government officials participated in consecration ceremonies for new churches.
  • His consecration takes place before the little entrance of the liturgy.
British Dictionary definitions for consecration


(RC Church) the part of the Mass after the sermon during which the bread and wine are believed to change into the Body and Blood of Christ
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Word Origin and History for consecration

late 14c., from Latin consecrationem (nominative consecratio), noun of action from consecrat-, past participle stem of consecrare (see consecrate).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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consecration in the Bible

the devoting or setting apart of anything to the worship or service of God. The race of Abraham and the tribe of Levi were thus consecrated (Ex. 13:2, 12, 15; Num. 3:12). The Hebrews devoted their fields and cattle, and sometimes the spoils of war, to the Lord (Lev. 27:28, 29). According to the Mosaic law the first-born both of man and beast were consecrated to God. In the New Testament, Christians are regarded as consecrated to the Lord (1 Pet. 2:9).

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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