- Latin: benedictio, a blessing
In the Divine Office a brief blessing pronounced by the officiant upon the reader before the latter begins the lessons of Matins. The blessing is preceded by the petition “Jube Domine benedicere” (Deign, Sir, a blessing). The early use of such blessings in the Office is attested in the 4th century and in the Benedictine Office of the 6th century.
- “benediction”. . CatholicSaints.Info. 6 September 2013. Web. 6 May 2015. <>