- 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
WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
- Religionthe act of consecrating;
dedication to the service and worship of a deity.
- Religionthe act of giving the sacramental character to the Eucharistic elements of bread and wine, esp. in the Roman Catholic Church.
- Religionordination to a sacred office, esp. to the episcopate.
- Latin consecrātiōn- (stem of consecrātiō). See consecrate, -ion
- Middle English consecracio(u)n ( 1350–1400