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con•se•cra•tion  (kon′si krāshən),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. Religionthe act of consecrating;
    dedication to the service and worship of a deity.
  2. Religionthe act of giving the sacramental character to the Eucharistic elements of bread and wine, esp. in the Roman Catholic Church.
  3. Religionordination to a sacred office, esp. to the episcopate.
  • Latin consecrātiōn- (stem of consecrātiō). See consecrate, -ion
  • Anglo-French)
  • Middle English consecracio(u)n ( 1350–1400


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Consecration /ˌkɒnsɪˈkreɪʃən/ n
  1. the part of the Mass after the sermon during which the bread and wine are believed to change into the Body and Blood of Christ



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