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.

1350–1400; Middle English consecracio(u)n (< Anglo-French) < Latin consecrātiōn- (stem of consecrātiō). See consecrate, -ion

deconsecration, noun
nonconsecration, noun
preconsecration, noun
reconsecration, noun
unconsecration, noun Unabridged
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consecrate (ˈkɒnsɪˌkreɪt)
1.  to make or declare sacred or holy; sanctify
2.  to dedicate (one's life, time, etc) to a specific purpose
3.  to ordain (a bishop)
4.  Christianity to sanctify (bread and wine) for the Eucharist to be received as the body and blood of Christ
5.  to cause to be respected or revered; venerate: time has consecrated this custom
6.  archaic consecrated
[C15: from Latin consecrāre, from com- (intensive) + sacrāre to devote, from sacer sacred]

Consecration (ˌkɒnsɪˈkreɪʃən)
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 & History

late 14c., from L. consecrationem, noun of action from consecrare (see consecrate).
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Bible Dictionary

Consecration definition

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).

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Example sentences
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.
His consecration takes place before the little entrance of the liturgy.
In this case ritualistic objects, known as consecration items, were discovered
  in a hidden cavity within this figure.
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