Pronunciation: (ben"i-dik'shun), [key]
1. an utterance of good wishes.
2. the form of blessing pronounced by an officiating minister, as at the close of divine service.
3. a ceremony by which things are set aside for sacred uses, as a church, vestments, or bells.
4. (usually cap.) Also called Benedic'tion of the Bless'ed Sac'rament. a service consisting of prayers, at least one prescribed hymn, censing of the congregation and the Host, and a blessing of the congregation by moving in the form of a cross the ciborium or monstrance containing the Host.
5. the advantage conferred by blessing; a mercy or benefit.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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