Definition of Benedictus in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌbɛnɪˈdɪktəs/


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.
Example sentences
  • These are the seminal texts of the tradition: the Lord's Prayer, the Magnificat, the Benedictus.
  • It is indeed difficult to see how men can read the Benedictus or Magnificat without realizing this.
  • In the Prayer-Book of 1549 there was no alternative to the Benedictus; it was to be used "throughout the whole year."
2A canticle beginning Benedictus Dominus Deus (Blessed be the Lord God) from Luke 1:68-79.
Example sentences
  • 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.
  • In response to receiving his son and the return of his voice, Zechariah sang the Benedictus.


Latin, 'blessed', past participle of benedicere 'wish well'.

Words that rhyme with Benedictus

ictus, rictus

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