Definition of Benedictus in English:



Christian Church
  • 1An invocation beginning Benedictus qui venit in nomine Domini (Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord) forming a set part of the Mass.

    • ‘Today we normally only hear the Benedictus in Advent and Lent.’
    • ‘In the Prayer-Book of 1549 there was no alternative to the Benedictus; it was to be used "throughout the whole year."’
    • ‘It is indeed difficult to see how men can read the Benedictus or Magnificat without realizing this.’
    • ‘These are the seminal texts of the tradition: the Lord's Prayer, the Magnificat, the Benedictus.’
    • ‘For that reason let me comment in general on all four before I turn to the Benedictus.’
  • 2A canticle beginning Benedictus Dominus Deus (Blessed be the Lord God) from Luke 1:68–79.

    • ‘In response to receiving his son and the return of his voice, Zechariah sang the Benedictus.’
    • ‘In response, he sang the Benedictus, a magnificent summary of God's promises in the Old Testament and a prediction of John's work as forerunner to Jesus.’
    • ‘The choir from Ferndale sang "The Benedictus" after the mass.’
    • ‘Three of the ‘hymns' from his infancy narratives, now known as the Magnificat, the Benedictus, and the Nunc Dimittis, are widely used in worship.’
    • ‘The three canticles drawn from the New Testament used daily in the medieval and modern offices of the Roman rite are the Benedictus, the Magnificat, and the Nunc dimittis.’


Latin, ‘blessed’, past participle of benedicere ‘wish well’.