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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.

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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A revered benedictory laugher was Dante's Beatrice.
However, the opening sloka and its benedictory purpose can be made less oddly "religious," more contextual for undergraduates as well.
Unlike the benedictory Durgacandrakalastuti and the descriptive Srivaradarajastava, the conversational Atmarpanastuti hinges upon speech acts of great personal and theological consequences, and several of its verses echo each other by ending with the all-important verbal deed prapadye ("I surrender").
Bob Dorian, as Sarah's wise and comforting grandfather, turns the benedictory "More I Cannot Wish You" into an especially touching interlude.
Preceding all acts is a prologue (purvaranga) which itself is preceded by a traditional benedictory verse (mangalacarana).
37) The oracle report SAA 9 9, which shares literary affinities with SAA 3 13 as well as the same cultic context, displays promise of blessing for the king in third person (SAA 9 9: 3-7), followed by first-person divine speech addressing the king in second person (SAA 9 9: 8-28), then a benedictory prayer for the king in third person (SAA 9 9 r.
He did so by merely inserting two supplementary verses into the existing introduction, and by beginning Chapter Two with two benedictory stanzas (II 1-2), modelled upon those of Chapter One in every respect.
An elaborate benedictory prayer for the Prophet Muhammad--or, rather, his apotheosis, the hypostatic "Muhammadan Reality," the first existent/intellect and veritable Spirit of prophecy--it is reportedly attested in a manuscript preserved at the library of the Zaytunah Mosque in Tunis, which, as far as I have been able to determine, has never been cited by a Western scholar.