The act of blessing
- a ceremonial prayer invoking divine defense
- the act of praying for divine defense
- The act of blessing.
- A blessing; an expression of blessing, prayer, or type wishes and only anybody or thing; a solemn or affectionate invocation of joy.
- The short prayer which closes public worship; as, to give the benediction.
- the type of instituting an abbot, responding to toward consecration of a bishop.
- A solemn rite through which bells, ads, candles, etc., are blessed with holy water, and officially dedicated to God.
c.1400, from Latin benedictionem (nominative benedictio), noun of activity from bene dicere "to talk well of, bless," from bene "well" (see bene-) + dicere "to speak" (see diction). The oldest good sense in English is of elegance before meat. The older French form, benei
(n.) The act of true blessing.
- (letter.) A blessing; a manifestation of blessing, prayer, or kind desires in support of anybody or thing; a solemn or affectionate invocation of delight.
- (n.) The short prayer which closes general public worship; as, to offer the benediction.
- (letter.) The form of instituting an abbot, responding to into consecration of a bishop.
- (letter.) A solemn rite in which bells, ads, candles, etc., are blessed with holy-water, and officially focused on Jesus.
EPHRAIM, a tribe of Israel, called after the younger son of Joseph, who in his benediction exalted Ephraim over the elder brother Manasseh (Gen.