A Latin phrase meaning "century of centuries" or 10,000 years. It occurs most frequently in liturgy. Figuratively, it can be taken to mean "forever" or "for eternity".
Sicut erat in principio, et nunc, et semper, et in saecula saeculorum. Amen.
From the official prayer of the Order of the Blessed Trinity. http://www.ewtn.com/Devotionals/prayers/AngelicTrisagion.htm
With one part of my mind I thought of the British Raj as an unbreakable tyranny, as something clamped down, in saecula saeculorum, upon the will of prostrate peoples; with another part I thought that the greatest joy in the world would be to drive a bayonet into a Buddhist priest's guts.
From George Orwell's "Shooting an Elephant." http://www.online-literature.com/orwell/887/
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