Definition of benediction in US English:

benediction

noun

  • 1The utterance or bestowing of a blessing, especially at the end of a religious service.

    • ‘He laid his own over ours in a sort of benediction, a blessing.’
    • ‘An encouraging and positive General Assembly passed into history on the Thursday evening with the singing of Psalm 122 and the apostolic benediction.’
    • ‘There was a gospel choir, a Hispanic singer of the national anthem and a rabbi offering a benediction.’
    • ‘We close with a communion service; youth serve the older members the bread and wine, saying a special blessing and benediction upon their new friends.’
    • ‘Is it really true, for instance, as the pastor has heard from a brave few, that a majority of the older parishioners would like to have noneucharistic church services conclude with Benediction?’
    • ‘A chaplain is trying to deliver the closing benediction with confetti and late-arriving balloons still cascading down from the rafters.’
    • ‘It makes, however, an imposing finale, since it is on the whole cheerful in mood - in the key traditionally associated with blessing and benediction.’
    • ‘But before I turn the service back over to our pastor for his benediction, I will have to return to the state of my mother's soul.’
    • ‘Morning prayer at Iona never concludes with a benediction; evening prayer never begins with a call to worship.’
    • ‘Baptisms are performed out of a horse trough, and ‘Happy Trails To You ‘constitutes the sung benediction.’’
    • ‘Immediately he remembered Brahma, and he prayed to him, ‘I want to use that benediction, that special benediction.’’
    • ‘Three volleys would be fired by the guard, and the Last Post played, followed by a prayer, hymn, and benediction.’
    • ‘As the convention concluded, a revivalist preacher conducted a benediction.’
    • ‘After a rousing closing hymn and benediction, people were leaving with pleased looks on their faces - even though some of them were clearly thinking hard about what they had just heard and experienced.’
    • ‘The service concluded with a joint benediction by the pastors of the four churches and a dismissal by Deacon Carol.’
    blessing, consecration, sanctification, hallowing
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    1. 1.1Benediction A service in which the congregation is blessed with the Blessed Sacrament, held mainly in the Roman Catholic Church.
      • ‘There will be special devotions in St. Joseph's Church on Sunday, April 18, at 3pm with exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and Benediction.’
      • ‘In addition to these morning Masses, catechism was taught at three o'clock in the afternoon and early evening services at six-thirty featured Vespers and Benediction.’
      • ‘And then follow it up with Eucharistic adoration and benediction services in every parish.’
      • ‘Candles are used at several services in the church especially Mass and Benediction.’
      • ‘The prayers will be said in the graveyard at 8 pm and benediction in the church will follow.’
      • ‘I remember seeing her praying in the back pews of our church on Sunday afternoons when I served as an acolyte at benediction.’
      • ‘The job we all loved was at Benediction, an evening service where one altar boy was in charge of the thurible.’
      • ‘His Celtic Benediction is the most appealing but least substantial of the offices under review.’
      • ‘Rosary and Benediction will take place in Westport church every Sunday throughout the month of October at 6 pm.’
      • ‘Another marvelous resource for newcomers is J. Philip Newell's Celtic Benediction: Morning and Night Prayer.’
      • ‘The annual May Procession was held in the Church of Our Lady Help of Christians, Swinford, on Sunday evening, May 30, at 7pm with Rosary and Benediction.’
      • ‘In recent times Adoration also takes place every Wednesday in the Parish Church from 10.30 am and concluding with Benediction at 5.45 pm.’
      • ‘During the month of May on Sunday evenings, Adoration will finish with Rosary and Benediction at 6pm.’
      • ‘Mass will be celebrated daily at 3.00 p.m. (with anointing of the sick) followed by the Procession of the Blessed Sacrament and finishing with Benediction at the Apparition Chapel.’
      • ‘Rosary and Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and Benediction takes place every Sunday evening at 6.30 pm in the Church.’
    2. 1.2 Devout or formal invocation of blessedness.
      ‘her arms outstretched in benediction’
      • ‘A lasting image occurred when he was cast in a halo of light, creating an image of Christ in benediction.’
      • ‘The error must have happened when he transcribed the benediction.’
      • ‘In January, he delivered the benediction at the President's inauguration.’
      • ‘Both have haloes, and the naked boy baby is shown with His right hand raised in benediction.’
      • ‘The focus passage closes with a brief, moving benediction.’
      • ‘They were usually made of precious metals and jewels and often the hand would be holding its middle and index finger up in a sign of benediction.’
      • ‘Raising her hands, she said a brief benediction.’
      • ‘On both sides St. Menas is shown with his arms raised in benediction and a camel on either side of him.’
      • ‘It was somewhat with surprise that she heard the acolytes singing the benediction, and she brought her full attention back to the matter at hand.’
      • ‘Then the priest rose, spreading his arms in benediction as he looked out over his congregation.’
      blessing, prayer, invocation, dedication
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    3. 1.3 The state of being blessed.
      ‘he eventually wins benediction’
      • ‘His final official engagement abroad was an audience with the Pope, at which he sought benediction for a formal conversion to Catholicism.’
      • ‘Shaken, I sought benediction in a burnt offering.’
      • ‘Ignatius, feeling his death approaching, still asked for benediction.’
      • ‘Having read the verses of blessings he sought benediction, and after reading the verses of affliction he trembled.’
      • ‘It may be offered, though it is not essential, for one's deceased relations, too, in the hope of benediction and blessings for the departed souls.’
      blessedness, beatitude, bliss, grace, favour
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Origin

Late Middle English: via Old French from Latin benedictio(n-), from benedicere ‘wish well, bless’, from bene ‘well’ + dicere ‘say’.

Pronunciation

benediction

/ˌbenəˈdikSH(ə)n//ˌbɛnəˈdɪkʃ(ə)n/