Dedicated to a sacred purpose.

Latin consecratus, past participle of consecrare: “to make holy”, “devote”:

  • com = together
  • sacrare = sacred

First known use – 14th century

Consecration of Temple and Priesthood, with High Priest Aaron shown robed – Dura Europos, 144 CE [Image: Wikimedia Commons]
Moses consecrates Aaron and his sons and gives their sin offering [Image: Wikimedia Commons]
Consecrate (transitive verb):

  • to induct (a person) into a permanent office with a religious rite; especially to ordain to the office of bishop
  • to make or declare sacred, especially:
    • to devote irrevocably to the worship of God by a solemn ceremony
    • to devote to a purpose with or as if with deep solemnity or dedication
  • to make inviolable or venerable (principles consecrated by the weight of history)

To coronate is, specifically, to crown. Consecrate is perhaps a broader term that may encompass a coronation.

Consecration of Emperor Napoleon I [Wikimedia Commons]
Consecration of the Emperor Napoleon I – depicting hJacques-Louis David, c. 1805 [Image: Wikimedia Commons]
blessed, holy, consecrated, hallowed, sacral, sacred, sacrosanct, sanctified

Devote, dedicate, consecrate, and hallow all mean “to set apart for a special and often higher end”, but each with a slightly different connotation:

  • devote has a sense of compulsion attached to it
  • dedicate implies a solemness or something serious
  • consecrate tends to suggest solemnity and sacredness 
  • hallow may imply intrinsic sanctity

The Consecration, George Cochran Lambdin (1865) [Image: Wikimedia Commons]

  • Verb: consecrate, consecrated, consecrating
  • Adjective: consecrative; consecratory
  • Noun: consecrator

Strong’s Concordance # 6942 קָדַשׁ qadash (179 occurrences): to be set apart

Have you been consecrated?

Are you set apart?



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