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From the Latin imprecari, meaning to "invoke by prayer," an imprecation is a plea to a deity and, most often, a recited spell meant to curse. The term is seldom, if ever, used today, but it was used in many witch trials during the persecutions.


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"Almighty God, today we pray imprecatory prayers from Psalm 109 against the enemies of religious liberty, including Barry Lynn and Mikey Weinstein, who recently issued a press release attacking me personally," Klingenschmitt posted on his website.
It is shocking that this imprecatory prayer has a counterpart in QM.
Earlier these imprecatory verses were composed in Sanskrit that could be traced to the ancient religious texts and often ascribed to sage Vyasa.
Yet, particular psalms like the imprecatory psalms require further discussion because of the theological quagmire they create and the confusion they potentially bring to the counseling process in dealing with negative emotions.
tender his imprecatory speech act upon the plebeians.
In the Roman Catholic liturgical reform following Vatican II, for example, three whole imprecatory psalms and many verses were dropped from the Liturgy of the Hours at the insistence of Pope Paul VI.
Before long, Crisp has ceased his imprecatory chant and is again singing sweetly, observing that "the Lord never poures out indignation and wrath as the desert of his people, he never looks to satisfie himselfe with any punishment of any member of Christ." (61) One surmises that the puritan "you" of the foregoing passage, absorbed in rites of confession, prayer, and fast, had never taken rank among the Lord's "people." Puritans were people of the law; it was against a legal standard that Crisp depicts them measuring their righteousness--which is to say, as Crisp would have it, their sins.
The river Gangga is mentioned, and an imprecatory formula appears to occupy about half of the inscription.
Several are saying Hail Mary's and several are indulging in imprecatory prayer--praying for God to curse Seamars.
"Don't hesitate to pray imprecatory Psalms over them," wrote Valentine in the group's newsletter.
A California pastor, Wiley Drake, became so angry over Lynn's advocacy of church-state separation that he announced he was launching "imprecatory prayers" against Lynn--praying for his death.
Imprecatory psalms such as the 35th and 109th Psalms pronounce a curse over enemies of the Lord or the Lord's people, as in the following selection from verses 12 to 15 of the latter psalm: