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an utterance of good wishes.
the form of blessing pronounced by an officiating minister, as at the close of divine service.
a ceremony by which things are set aside for sacred uses, as a church, vestments, or bells.
(usually initial capital letter). Also called Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament. a service consisting of prayers, at least one prescribed hymn, censing of the congregation and the Host, and a blessing of the congregation by moving in the form of a cross the ciborium or monstrance containing the Host.
the advantage conferred by blessing; a mercy or benefit.
Contemporary Examples

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Religious-Right Leaders Say Santorum, But Voters Flock to Gingrich John Avlon January 21, 2012
Why Does Congress Listen to Celebrities like Ben Affleck? Tim Teeman February 26, 2014

Historical Examples

Faustus Friedrich Maximilian von Klinger
The Grand Old Man Richard B. Cook
Catholic World, Vol. XIII, April to September, 1871 Various
American Notes Rudyard Kipling
The Swastika Thomas Wilson
My Double Life Sarah Bernhardt

an invocation of divine blessing, esp at the end of a Christian religious ceremony
a Roman Catholic service in which the congregation is blessed with the sacrament
the state of being blessed


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    of, giving, or expressing benediction. Historical Examples Red as a Rose is She Rhoda Broughton The Side Of The Angels Basil King Audrey Craven May Sinclair The Woman’s Way Charles Garvice With Edge Tools Hobart Chatfield-Taylor Mount Music E. Oe. Somerville and Martin Ross Rose MacLeod Alice Brown Messages from the Epistle to the Hebrews […]

  • Benedictus

    the short canticle or hymn beginning in Latin Benedictus qui venit in nomine Domini, and in English “Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord.”. the canticle or hymn beginning in Latin Benedictus Dominus Deus Israel, and in English “Blessed be the Lord God of Israel.”. a musical setting of a Benedictus. […]

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