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Pronouncing the Word Blessed

We recently received inquiries from some of our readers regarding the proper way to pronounce blessed. The word blessed can be used and pronounced in two different ways.

Rule 1. When blessed is used as a verb, it is pronounced with one syllable (blest):

Example for the pronunciation blest:

Devon is blessed with amazing athletic ability.

 Rule 2. When the word blessed is used as an adjective, adverb (blessedly), or noun (blessedness), blessed is pronounced with two syllables (bless-id).

Examples for the pronunciation bless-id:

Annie’s baptism was a blessed moment, particularly for her devoted grandparents.

Blessed are the poor.


Pop Quiz

1. The priest blessed (pronounced blest or bless-id) the candles at the ceremony.

2. The couple was blessed (pronounced blest or bless-id) with a healthy baby girl.

3. I don’t have a blessed (pronounced blest or bless-id) dime to my name.



1. The priest blessed (pronounced blest) the candles at the ceremony.

2. The couple was blessed (pronounced blest) with a healthy baby girl.

3. I don’t have a blessed (pronounced bless-id) dime to my name.


Posted on Saturday, August 11, 2012, at 2:28 pm

25 Comments on Pronouncing the Word Blessed

25 responses to “Pronouncing the Word Blessed

  1. Carol R. says:

    Can you give me the words “blessed” and “blest” in a sentence? I know one is a verb and one is an adjective. If one were to say “I have been blest,” would that be correct? Can you use “blest” without the “have been” (such as “I was blest”)?

    • Jane says:

      Pronouncing the word blessed was the topic of our weekly e-newsletter on August 14, 2012 (shown above), which should answer your questions. Here is the link for your reference: Pronouncing the Word “Blessed”. Although I didn’t cover it in the newsletter, when the word is used as a verb (as in Rule 1), it may also be spelled blest.

  2. Jenn H. says:

    So is the spelling “blest” gramatically correct?

  3. Lee Anne Bean says:

    Excellent and quick information

  4. Jeanie says:

    My Mother and I both write poems, we need to know how to spell Bless’ed, so that people will pronounce it that way and not blest.
    Can you tell me how to spell Bless’ed or Bless’id in poems and prayers, etc?
    And is it ok to put the ‘ in the word like I did above?
    Thank you for your help,

    • Writing the word blessed with an apostrophe and a capital letter is not what we consider grammatically correct. As we imply in the blog, readers need to recognize that when used as an adjective, adverb, or noun, the word should be pronounced bles-id, while the verb is pronounced blest.
      Creative writing and poetry do not always follow strict rules of grammar. Even if you spell the word bless’ed, it is possible that readers still might pronounce it blest. Writing bless’id looks like a misspelled word.

  5. Matt says:

    I’ve often seen poetry in which words are split out using a hyphen to indicate a new syllable. In your example, this might mean writing “blessed” like this: “bless – ed”.

    It might stand out and disrupt the flow of the rest of the verses if you didn’t apply this rule to other words, too.

  6. Cari Apostol says:

    So it is a noun, adjective or verb when used in Matthew 5:3-11? I’ve heard it both ways. I want to say Blest…but I know most would say Blessed.

  7. IWANGER TITUS says:

    In this prayer that says “Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you, blessed are you amongs’t women and blessed is the fruit of your womb Jesus”.
    How can the first and second blessed be pronounced? pls, i need your assistance.

  8. Jane says:

    Has the word blessed ever been used as a noun, meaning “blessed one”? As in, “She was his blessed” (bless-id pronunciation).

    • The only reference we could find for blessed as a noun is the term “the Blessed.” According to Collins Dictionary it is a Christian term meaning “the dead who are already enjoying heavenly bliss.” Oxford Dictionary defines the term as “those who live with God in heaven.”

  9. Claudia Iuele says:

    I’m one of the readers at the 8am Mass.I’ve noticed that on the responsorial 3rd paragraph of the Fourth Sunday of Easter, it starts with Blessed in the name of the Lord,I am a bit confused whether the word is pronounced Ble sse d or one word Blessed please help. Thank you

  10. Barbara Bartels says:

    I have moved from New England to the South where I am often told “Have a blessed day.” It is pronounced 1 syllable “blest.” Is there a regional exception here? A colloquialism? I have not heard this phrase with blessed as 2 syllables.

  11. Lauren says:

    How would you pronounce blessed in the following verses: “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb!” and “Blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what had been spoken to her by the Lord.” Luke 1:42,45

  12. Mackenzie says:

    Why is “blessed” in “blessed are the poor” necessarily an adjective? Is it just that we know based on the original Greek word having been an adjective? It could also be a passive-voice verb. “Blessed are the poor (by God), for they will…”

  13. Judy in Ocala says:

    In hymnals, the two-syllable pronunciation is rendered as ‘blessèd'(with a grave accent over the second e). Ex: “Blessèd Assurance, Jesus is mine.” You could use that in your poetry.

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