Blessings and Benedictions

Blessings and Benedictions

are well speaking (bene [as in beneficial] = well + diction = speaking)

pronouncing or asking good things to be upon, or for, someone

formal:
it is a pronouncement, usually by clergy
for, or over, the congregation
at the end of public worship
and on other occasions (weddings, sending missionaries out, etc.)
invoking God's Name (asking God to put His Name upon His people)
and asking a specific blessing to be given to His people
(grace, mercy, faith, unity, protection, comfort, empowering, etc.)

simple:
it is a prayer aloud or written out, done by anyone
for, or over, someone else (family member, friends, those in need, etc.)
asking God's blessing to be upon them
by way of His help and care for them and their specific need
in general (for spiritual growth, etc.)
on special occasions (marriage, birth, travel, new job, etc.)

the usual formula is 'May the Lord...' (do this for you)

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May grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord. (2 Pt 1:2)

May the God of our salvation keep you steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord. (1 Cor 15:58)

May the Lord cause you to increase and abound in love for one another and for all people. (1 Ths 3:12a)

May the God of all grace, Who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, perfect, confirm, strengthen, and establish you. (1 Pt 5:10)

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