- 1The utterance of a blessing, especially at the end of a religious service: he said the benedictionMore example sentences
- 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.
- It makes, however, an imposing finale, since it is on the whole cheerful in mood - in the key traditionally associated with blessing and benediction.
- He laid his own over ours in a sort of benediction, a blessing.
- 1.1 (Benediction) (In the Roman Catholic Church) a service in which the congregation is blessed with the sacrament: she went with Maureen to BenedictionMore example sentences
- Rosary and Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and Benediction takes place every Sunday evening at 6.30 pm in the 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.
- 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.
- 1.2 [count noun] A prayer asking for divine blessing.More example sentences
- Raising her hands, she said a brief benediction.
- The focus passage closes with a brief, moving benediction.
- 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.
- 1.3The state of being blessed: he eventually wins benedictionMore example sentences
- 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.
- Ignatius, feeling his death approaching, still asked for benediction.
- Shaken, I sought benediction in a burnt offering.
late Middle English: via Old French from Latin benedictio(n-), from benedicere 'wish well, bless', from bene 'well' + dicere 'say'.