Meaning of Benedictus in English:


Pronunciation /ˌbɛnɪˈdɪktəs/

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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.

    ‘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."’
    • ‘For that reason let me comment in general on all four before I turn to the Benedictus.’
    • ‘Today we normally only hear the Benedictus in Advent and Lent.’
  • 2A canticle beginning Benedictus Dominus Deus (Blessed be the Lord God) from Luke 1:68–79.

    ‘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.’
    • ‘In response, he sang the Benedictus, a magnificent summary of God's promises in the Old Testament and a prediction of John's work as forerunner to Jesus.’
    • ‘The choir from Ferndale sang "The Benedictus" after the mass.’


Latin, ‘blessed’, past participle of benedicere ‘wish well’.