|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|
|3.||the state of being blessed|
|[C15: from Latin benedictio, from benedīcere to bless; see |
a verbal blessing of persons or things, commonly applied to invocations pronounced in God's name by a priest or minister, usually at the conclusion of a religious service. The Aaronic benediction (Num. 6:24-26) was incorporated by Luther into his German Mass and is preserved by modern Lutherans because of its impressive dignity; it is also used in the Mozarabic liturgy of Spain before the reception of the Host. The Swedish liturgy appends a trinitarian formula to this same benediction. Some Christian churches, however, prefer the Pauline benediction (II Cor. 13:14).
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