The Church is prone to what by current English usage comes across as excessive wordiness, but it derives from longstanding tradition and is rarely noticed by most of us cradle Catholics. However, I started thinking about the phrase “Most Blessed Sacrament” and how I would explain it to a non-Catholic.
The “blessed” part seems redundant, certainly every sacrament is a blessed sacrament - even when say a baptism can’t be blessed by a cleric it is blessed by God. If we are defining “blessed” less actively, to simply mean holy, every sacrament is still by definition blessed.
What puzzled me was the meaning of “most”. Is the word intended to be a superlative, suggesting that other sacraments are less blessed? As the source and summit of Christian life, there might be some justification for that idea, but I’m not sure whether the sacramental theology strictly supports that. Or is it merely an intensifier? I am most curious, but I suspect the Latin or even Greek origins of the phrase might provide an answer.