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benediction

[Lat.,=blessing], solemn blessing usually administered in the name of God by a priest or a minister. The temple worship at Jerusalem had fixed forms of benedictions, and Christians have always given them an important place in ceremony, especially at the end of a ritual. Protestants have abandoned many of the blessings of the Roman Catholic Church, such as the apostolic benediction by the pope and his delegates and benediction of the dying. Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament, a popular extraliturgical service of Roman Catholics, consists of a blessing of the people by the priest with the Host exposed in a monstrance.
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benediction

1. an invocation of divine blessing, esp at the end of a Christian religious ceremony
2. a Roman Catholic service in which the congregation is blessed with the sacrament
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He said a great many good things to them both; and then, recommending them to God's goodness, gave them the benediction again, I repeating everything to them in English; and thus ended the ceremony.
by Times News Service Muscat International Airport and Salalah Airport echoed with the devotional calls and benedictions of this dignified religious ritual, for the second year in a row.
Au 4eme jour de sa visite a la 2eme Region Militaire, le vice-ministre de la Defense nationale, qui a continue l'inspection de quelques unites du Secteur militaire d'Oran et l'inauguration d'autres unites, a tenu une rencontre avec les cadres et les personnels de la Region, ou il a souligne les benedictions de la paix et de la stabilite dont jouit le peuple algerien, grace a la Charte pour la paix et de la reconciliation nationale et aux sacrifices colossaux consentis par le peuple algerien, a son avant-garde l'ANP, ou la strategie adoptee en Algerie "constitue un exemple a suivre et un cas d'ecole", indique un communique du ministere de la Defense nationale (MDN).
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Because of this, most benedictions do not "re-initiate," but instead launch directly into imperatives ("Bring us back," "Forgive us," "Heal us," etc.).
La delegation a presente les felicitations et des benedictions au president de l'Assemblee nationale a l'occasion de son election president du parlement.
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