Amens



it is so; so be it (used after a prayer, creed, or other formal statement to express solemn ratification or agreement).
verily; truly.
an utterance of the interjection “amen.”.
a musical setting for such an utterance.
an expression of concurrence or assent:
The committee gave its amen to the proposal.
a primeval deity worshiped especially at Thebes, the personification of air or breath represented as either a ram or a goose (later identified with Amen-Ra).
Historical Examples

amens does help we-all a powerful lot when we’s wrastlin’ wid we-all’s sperrits.
Peggy Stewart at School Gabrielle E. Jackson

I never was much of a hand to sound the amens, even in our own Methodist meetin’s.
Sonny, A Christmas Guest Ruth McEnery Stuart

Sleepily but happily we responded with hallelujahs and amens.
Against the Current Edward A. Steiner

How those men used to pray with stentorian voice, which called forth loud “amens” from voices all over the chapel!
Recollections of a Long Life John Stoughton

Romalls, amens, casserillias, and ribdilures were high-sounding but perishable.
The Old Furniture Book N. Hudson Moore

The piety of neither gallery nor convention could be questioned if the fervor and frequency of amens!
Dixie After the War Myrta Lockett Avary

It meant a sore and troubled conscience, because her eye would travel ahead on the page to the amens.
Emmy Lou George Madden Martin

On Sunday (February 1st) I went to the cathedral service, and it vexed me to hear them singing their prayers and amens.
The Chronicles of Crime or The New Newgate Calendar. v. 2/2 Camden Pelham

Momentary pauses between lines were punctuated by hallelujahs and amens.
Keziah Coffin Joseph C. Lincoln

The elders did not know Will’s voice; so they would get warmed up by degree as the amens came thicker and faster.
Last of the Great Scouts Helen Cody Wetmore

interjection
so be it!: a term used at the end of a prayer or religious statement
noun
the use of the word amen, as at the end of a prayer
say amen to, to express strong approval of or support for (an assertion, hope, etc)
noun
(Egyptian myth) a local Theban god, having a ram’s head and symbolizing life and fertility, identified by the Egyptians with the national deity Amen-Ra

Old English, from Late Latin amen, from Ecclesiastical Greek amen, from Hebrew amen “truth,” used adverbially as an expression of agreement (e.g. Deut. xxvii:26, I Kings i:36; cf. Modern English verily, surely, absolutely in the same sense), from Semitic root a-m-n “to be trustworthy, confirm, support.” Used in Old English only at the end of Gospels, otherwise translated as Soðlic! or Swa hit ys, or Sy! As an expression of concurrence after prayers, it is recorded from early 13c.

This Hebrew word means firm, and hence also faithful (Rev. 3:14). In Isa. 65:16, the Authorized Version has “the God of truth,” which in Hebrew is “the God of Amen.” It is frequently used by our Saviour to give emphasis to his words, where it is translated “verily.” Sometimes, only, however, in John’s Gospel, it is repeated, “Verily, verily.” It is used as an epithet of the Lord Jesus Christ (Rev. 3:14). It is found singly and sometimes doubly at the end of prayers (Ps. 41:13; 72:19; 89:52), to confirm the words and invoke the fulfilment of them. It is used in token of being bound by an oath (Num. 5:22; Deut. 27:15-26; Neh. 5:13; 8:6; 1 Chr. 16:36). In the primitive churches it was common for the general audience to say “Amen” at the close of the prayer (1 Cor. 14:16). The promises of God are Amen; i.e., they are all true and sure (2 Cor. 1:20).

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