Free Republic
Browse · Search
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

Catholic Word of the Day: BENEDICTION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT, 01-28-14
CCDictionary ^ | 01-28-14 | from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary

Posted on 01/28/2014 8:36:33 AM PST by Salvation

Featured Term (selected at random:



A Eucharistic devotion in the Catholic Church of the Latin Rite. In its traditional form, a priest, vested in surplice, stole, and cope, places on the altar or in the niche above it the consecrated Host in the ostensorium, or monstrance, and then incenses it. O Salutaris Hostia or similar hymn is usually sung at the beginning of exposition, followed by a period of meditation, praise, and adoration by priest and people. At the conclusion of the ceremony the Tantum Ergo hymn is chanted, with another incensation, and followed by blessing the people with the raised monstrance in the form of a cross. During the blessing the priest wears the humeral veil covering his hands. A small bell is rung during the blessing. The Divine Praises are then sung or recited by priest and people, and the Blessed Sacrament is reposed in the tabernacle. Benediction is commonly held on major feasts and Sundays, also during Lent, during a mission, or retreat or during forty hours' devotions. Other days may be designated by individual bishops. Since the Second Vatican Council the Holy See has simplified the traditional ritual, allowing for a variety of options in the prayers, songs, and readings "to direct the attention of the faithful to the worship of Christ the Lord" (Eucharistiae Sacramentum, 1973, No. 95).

All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.

TOPICS: Apologetics; Catholic; History; Theology
KEYWORDS: catholic
Benediction is so beautiful.

How often is Benediction celebrated at your church?

1 posted on 01/28/2014 8:36:33 AM PST by Salvation
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: JRandomFreeper; Allegra; Straight Vermonter; Cronos; SumProVita; AnAmericanMother; annalex; dsc; ...

Catholic Word of the Day Ping!


Patron Saint

Tridentine Theology



Liturgy of the Word




Sacrament of Orders


Reformation Dogma


First Fridays

Apostlic Churches

Universal Bishop

Golden Number

Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament

If you aren’t on this Catholic Word of the Day Ping list and would like to be, please send me a FReepmail.

2 posted on 01/28/2014 8:39:47 AM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794 is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson