Consecration is the solemn dedication to a special purpose or service, usually religious. The word "consecration" literally means "to associate with the sacred". Persons, places, or things can be consecrated, and the term is used in various ways by different groups. A synonym for to consecrate is to sanctify; an antonym is to desecrate.

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Annum Sacrum
... (meaning Holy Year) is an encyclical by Pope Leo XIII on the consecration of the entire world to the Sacred Heart of Jesus ... The consecration in the encyclical entered new theological territory by consecrating non-Christians ... The encyclical, and the consecration, were influenced by two letters written to the pope by Sister Mary of the Divine Heart who stated that in visions of Jesus ...
Sri Thendayuthapani Temple, Singapore - Subsequent Consecrations
... and restoration works on two occasions when the consecration ceremonies were held in 1936 and 1955 ... work started on 4 Jan 1981 and was completed on during mid 1983 and was followed by a consecration ceremony on 24th November 1983, that was attended by thousands ... The next consecration was on Friday, the 27th of Nov 2009 ...
Consecration - Various Christian Churches
... In particular, the ordination of a bishop is often called a consecration ... a church may remove the legal effects of consecration ...
St. Joseph Cemetery (Manchester, New Hampshire) - Consecration
... The records indicate that Bishop Bradley took a special interest in the development of the cemetery ... He made personal inspections, dubbed “Episcopal Visitations”, in 1885 and 1888 ...

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