Who knew?!

“Blessed” and “blest” are homonyms, though, I must say, when I’m in church I hear “bless-ed'” spoken as two syllables, with the emphasis on the -ed, like in “the blessed Virgin Mary.”

However, what’s the difference between “blessed” and “blest”? Is there a difference?

I thought, originally, that this could be one of those situations with a variant American English versus British English spelling, like “learned” versus “learnt.” But, no! Turns out, “blessed” is an adjective, while “blest” is the past tense of the verb “to bless.” Big difference!

Now you know! And so do I!