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a. A canticle that begins Benedictus Dominus Deus Israel ("Blessed be the Lord God of Israel").
b. A canticle that begins Benedictus qui venit in nomine Domini ("Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord") that forms the end of the Sanctus in the Roman Catholic Mass.
2. A musical setting for either of these canticles.
[Latin, past participle of benedīcere, to bless; see benediction.]
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n (sometimes not capital)
1. (Ecclesiastical Terms) a short canticle beginning Benedictus qui venit in nomine Domini in Latin and Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord in English
2. (Ecclesiastical Terms) a canticle beginning Benedictus Dominus Deus Israel in Latin and Blessed be the Lord God of Israel in English
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Ben•e•dic•tus(ˌbɛn ɪˈdɪk təs)
1. the short hymn beginning “Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord.”
2. the hymn beginning “Blessed be the Lord God of Israel.”
[< Latin: blessed, past participle of benedīcere to commend, bless = bene- bene- + dīcere to say, speak]
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