One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A blessing, especially a grace said at table in religious communities.
- ‘Raising his own goblet, Father Oppius blessed the congregation and the meal with a great rolling of churchly phrases ending in a cordial Benedicite.’
- ‘Father Ancelin said the Benedicite and wine was poured into the hanaps, of crystal for the adults, of more robust wood for the children.’
- ‘Thereupon, I said the Benedicite; and afterward, at the close of the repast, I said Grace, without any ones daring to interrupt me.’
- 1.1the Benedicite The canticle used in the Anglican service of matins beginning ‘O all ye works of the Lord, bless ye the Lord’, the text being taken from the Apocrypha.
- ‘Yesterday in church we said the Benedicite instead of singing the Gospel hymn, apparently because it's Lent.’
- ‘And at the end of every Psalm throughout the year, and likewise at the end of Benedicite, Benedictus, Magnificat, and Nunc dimittis, shall be repeated.’
- ‘Medieval Lauds featured a weekly cycle of seven canticles (taking the fourth place in the sequence of psalms) beginning on Sunday with the Benedicite.’
- ‘Carter has composed several large-scale works for choir, soloists and orchestra, including the Benedicite, which has been widely performed on both sides of the Atlantic and in the Antipodes.’
- ‘The Mattins alternatives are regularly set by composers and used, the Te Deum being frequently paired with the Jubilate, and the Benedicite being used in many places in conjunction with the Benedictus during Lent and Advent.’
Latin, ‘bless ye!’, plural imperative from benedicere ‘wish well’; the first word of the canticle in Latin.
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