- An expression of praise to God, especially a short hymn sung as part of a Christian worship service.
- A short invocation for help, blessing and guidance from God, said on behalf of another person or persons (sometimes at the end of a church worship service).
- In the Anglican church, the ceremony used to institute an abbot, analogous to the consecration of a bishop.
- A Roman Catholic rite by which bells, banners, candles, etc., are blessed with holy water and formally dedicated to God.
- Help, good fortune or reward from God or another supernatural source.
- to pronounce / give / say the benediction; the nuptial benediction; a parting benediction
- Synonym: blessing
- O, look upon me, sir,
- And hold your hands in benediction o’er me.
- So saying, he [the angel] arose; whom Adam thus
- Follow’d with benediction.
- My pen dropt from my fingers;
- Cohen kept on his own hat, and took no notice of the visitor, but stood still while the two children went up to him and clasped his knees: then he laid his hands on each in turn and uttered his Hebrew benediction; whereupon the wife, who had lately taken baby from the cradle, brought it up to her husband and held it under his outstretched hands, to be blessed in its sleep.
- Long brahminical hairs sprouted out of his ears, and he drew further attention to himself by closing his eyes, neatly shaking away tears, putting a hand on Owad’s head and speaking a Hindi benediction.
- What Consecration is to a Bishop, that Benediction is to an Abbot; but in a different way: For a Bishop is not properly such till Consecration; but an Abbot being elected and confirm’d, is properly such before Benediction.
- [He] later liked to attend benediction in the chapel at Brideshead and see the ladies of the family with their necks arched in devotion under their black lace mantillas; […]
- Synonyms: blessing, grace
- […] they throng who should buy first, as if my trinkets had been hallowed and brought a benediction to the buyer:
- Homeward serenely she walked with God’s benediction upon her.