A short invocation for divine help, blessing and guidance, usually after a church worship service. (noun)
The form of instituting an abbot, analogous to the consecration of a bishop. (noun)
A Roman Catholic rite by which bells, banners, candles, etc., are blessed with holy water and formally dedicated to God. (noun)
Examples of word benediction
Mr Gingrich, the former Speaker of the House of Representatives, cited the case of a federal judge ordering pupils not to use the word "benediction" in their high school graduation because it supposedly violated the constitutional separation of church and state.
When the benediction is given each night, the press area starts to clear pretty quickly, but a good 90% of delegates stand for the prayer and at least half of them bow their heads and give a hearty "Amen!" at the end.
The yellow Spring sun, like liquid honey, fell in benediction on the leafless trees, big with buds, and on the tawny mat of grass through which the blue noses of anemones were sticking.
"May the Lord bless you, my sweet child," said the doctor, lifting one hand painfully and laying it in benediction on her fair and graceful head.
In the Sermon on the Mount the benediction is pronounced upon the "poor in spirit" and those who "hunger and thirst after righteousness" (Mt 5: 3, 6).