blessing

Definitions

  • Un grand blessé
    Un grand blessé
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n blessing the act of praying for divine protection
    • n blessing the formal act of approving "he gave the project his blessing","his decision merited the approval of any sensible person"
    • n blessing a ceremonial prayer invoking divine protection
    • n blessing a short prayer of thanks before a meal "their youngest son said grace"
    • n blessing a desirable state "enjoy the blessings of peace","a spanking breeze is a boon to sailors"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

BLESSING THE LAMB ON ST. GEORGE'S DAY BLESSING THE LAMB ON ST. GEORGE'S DAY
UNCLE DANIEL'S BLESSING UNCLE DANIEL'S BLESSING
The lovers kneeling to receive Don Pedro's blessing The lovers kneeling to receive Don Pedro's blessing
Bless me, what's all this Bless me, what's all this
"BLESS YOU, MY CHILDREN!" "BLESS YOU, MY CHILDREN!"
CHRIST BLESSING LITTLE CHILDREN CHRIST BLESSING LITTLE CHILDREN

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The town of Olney, Illinois celebrates a "Squirrel Day" festival to honour the 200 albino squirrels that live in the town. The festival includes a squirrel blessing by a priest
    • Blessing A declaration of divine favor, or an invocation imploring divine favor on some or something; a benediction; a wish of happiness pronounces. "This is the blessing , where with Moses the man of God blessed the children of Israel."
    • Blessing (Bib) A gift.
    • Blessing A means of happiness; that which promotes prosperity and welfare; a beneficent gift. "Nature's full blessings would be well dispensed."
    • Blessing Grateful praise or worship.
    • Blessing The act of one who blesses.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: At age 47, the Rolling Stones' bassist, Bill Wyman, began a relationship with 13-year old Mandy Smith, with her mother's blessing. Six years later, they were married, but the marriage only lasted a year. Not long after, Bill's 30-year-old son Stephen married Mandy's mother, age 46. That made Stephen a stepfather to his former stepmother. If Bill and Mandy had remained married, Stephen would have been his father's father-in-law and his own grandpa.
    • n blessing The act of invoking or pronouncing happiness upon another or others; benediction. Specifically, in the Latin and Greek churches, the act of pronouncing a benediction on the laity or inferior clergy, performed by a bishop or other priest. In the Roman Catholic Church, the blessing is now given with all the fingers joined and extended, but formerly with the thumb and the first two fingers of the right hand extended and the two remaining fingers turned down. In the Greek Church, the thumb and the third finger of the same hand are joined, the other fingers being extended. Some Eastern writers see in this position a symbol of the Greek sacred monogram of the name of Christ. In either case the three fingers (or two fingers and thumb) extended symbolize the Trinity. In the Anglican Church, either the former or the present Latin gesture is used.
    • n blessing The form of words used in this invocation or declaration; a (or the) benediction.
    • n blessing The bestowal of divine favor, or of hallowing, protecting, or prospering influences: as, to ask God's blessing on any undertaking.
    • n blessing A temporal or spiritual benefit; anything which makes happy or prosperous; something to be thankful for; a boon or mercy: as, the blessings of life, of health, or of civilization; it is a blessing we fared so well.
    • n blessing Euphemistically, a curse; a scolding; a castigation with words.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Dr. Joel Poinsett, the 1st US ambassador to Mexico, brought the poinsettia to US in 1828. The plant, called "flower of the blessed night" in Mexico was renamed in Poinsett's honor.
    • Blessing a wish or prayer for happiness or success: any means or cause of happiness:
    • Blessing (B.) a gift or present: a form of invoking the favour of God at a meal
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Quotations

  • Alan Reed
    Alan Reed
    “An inferiority complex would be a blessing, if only the right people had it.”
  • George Eliot
    George%20Eliot
    “Blessed is the influence of one true, loving human soul on another.”
  • Barbara De Angelis
    Barbara%20De%20Angelis
    “Love and kindness are never wasted. They always make a difference. They bless the one who receives them, and they bless you, the giver.”
  • The Koran
    The Koran
    “Blessed is he who makes his companions laugh.”
  • Scottish Proverb
    Scottish Proverb
    “May God bless you to live as long as you want to; and want to as long as you live!”
  • William Shakespeare
    William%20Shakespeare
    “He is half of a blessed man. Left to be finished by such as she; and she a fair divided excellence, whose fullness of perfection lies in him.”

Idioms

Bless your pointy little head - This expression is used as to patronise someone, especially when they don't realise that they're not very clever.
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Blessing in disguise - If some bad luck or misfortune ultimately results in something positive, it's a blessing in disguise.
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Count your blessings - When people count their blessings, they concentrate on all the good things in their lives instead of the negative ones.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. bletsung,. See Bless (v. t.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. blétsian, to bless, prob. from blót, sacrifice; the word taken as—benedicĕre.

Usage

In literature:

Once more, sir, I thank you for your past kindness to me and mine, and may God in many ways bless you for it!
"The Annals of the Poor" by Legh Richmond
God bless you and bring you safely back.
"The Rector of St. Mark's" by Mary J. Holmes
He is blessing the people, and they are falling on their knees before him.
"The Eternal City" by Hall Caine
God bless, God Almighty bless you, child.
"Henrietta Temple A Love Story" by Benjamin Disraeli
Ay, Bob, God bless that, too.
"The White Christmas and other Merry Christmas Plays" by Walter Ben Hare
It is filled with the word blessed, blessed, blessed.
"Moody's Anecdotes And Illustrations" by Dwight L. Moody
May heaven protect and prosper you, and shower all its best blessings on you.
"The Letters of Queen Victoria, Volume 1 (of 3), 1837-1843)" by Queen Victoria
She is a tree of life to them that lay hold of her, and blessed is every one that retaineth her; as God grant you all will do.
"True Words for Brave Men" by Charles Kingsley
I know, if I were really good and resigned, I would bless God for it all, and I do.
"My New Curate" by P.A. Sheehan
My blessing, and the blessing of approving God, will be yours.
"Ernest Linwood" by Caroline Lee Hentz
Thus did she bless, and thus was made a blessing, through the loss and absence of that crock of gold.
"The Complete Prose Works of Martin Farquhar Tupper" by Martin Farquhar Tupper
All this shall come, and blessed is that servant whom his Lord when He cometh shall find ready!
"Daily Thoughts selected from the writings of Charles Kingsley by his wife" by Charles Kingsley
May the endeavours both of their father and me be blessed in training these plants of heaven aright!
"The Home" by Fredrika Bremer
I bring you God's endless grace and blessing for time and eternity.
"Epistle Sermons, Vol. III" by Martin Luther
An' bless, bless ye while there's breath in my body, wulln't I not?
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson, Volume XV" by Robert Louis Stevenson
God bless, preserve, and prosper it.
"Familiar Letters of John Adams and His Wife Abigail Adams During the Revolution" by John Adams
Civilization is a blessing, but it has its dark side as well.
"Letters of a Javanese Princess" by Raden Adjeng Kartini
We feel no fatigue, no haste, experience no delays; it is blessed, blessed!
"Intra Muros" by Rebecca Ruter Springer
I am happy we are going to hang a man: it's a blessing to the county, a genuine blessing, your ladyship!
"The Village Notary" by József Eötvös
The bishop had thanks and blessings for his rescuers and hosts.
"God Wills It!" by William Stearns Davis
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In poetry:

"My Gerizim and Ebal
Are in each human soul,
The still, small voice of blessing,
And Sinai's thunder-roll.
"The Vision Of Echard" by John Greenleaf Whittier
My Savior and my King,
Thy beauties are divine;
Thy lips with blessings overflow,
And every grace is thine.
"Psalm 45" by Isaac Watts
Little lass, pretty lass,
Blessings light upon you;
If I had half-a-crown a day,
I'd spend it all upon you.
"As I Was Going Up Primrose Hill" by Kate Greenaway
Wither—soul and blossom!
You both were vainly given;
Earth reserves no blessing
For the unblest of heaven!
"The Two Children Pt 1" by Emily Jane Bronte
In sight of all my foes,
Thou dost my table spread;
My cup with blessings overflows,
And joy exalts my head.
"Psalm 23" by Isaac Watts
"A weary Palmer, worn and weak,
I wander for my sin;
O, open, for our Lady's sake!
A pilgrim's blessing win!
"The Palmer" by Sir Walter Scott

In news:

"The kids start to see when you are blessed with so much, you can help out so someone else can have a blessed moment," said Todd Lipa, program director for the Farmington Hills Youth & Family Services.
I love people, and I love to bless them whenever I have the opportunity.
Bless His Name Posted by Susan Turner Nov 4, 2012.
Catching a glimpse of another's devotion is a blessing on the day, a reminder of the love that undergirds our best work.
But certainly all of us are blessed when we catch a glimpse of each other's devotion and remember the wider oikoumene to which we are all called.
I am a man of few blessings, but I am the best parallel parker in the world.
Pamela LaLonde, 66, of Diamond Point, felt blessed with 50 extra hands through Paint the Town.
We're fortunate to be blessed with a great location, with great access via the Vail/Eagle County Regional Airport and I-70, with local guests and with ski resort experiences that are unmatched.
Steve Dalkowski was blessed with the ability to throw a baseball real hard, possibly harder than anyone, ever.
Filmmakers plans have the blessing of the James Bond creator's estate for the project that is being whispered about to buyers by K5 International.
The complex sequel to 2010's The Habitation of the Blessed details the travels and travails of fantastical creatures caught between ancient myth and early Christianity.
The theme is God Bless America.
God Bless 'America's' in Harlingen.
Bless you, Father, for you have not sinned against the separation of church and campaign.
Debbie Nelson of Greene holds her dog Roxie, a silky terrier, for a blessing from the Rev.
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In science:

The hump was discovered using a rocket (Stecher 1965) and the far UV was obtained by the OAO2 and IUE satellites (Bless & Savage 1970).
Cosmic Dust in the 21st Century
Fortunately, I have been blessed with the best family I could imagine.
A Search for Gamma-Ray Bursts and Pulsars, and the Application of Kalman Filters to Gamma-Ray Reconstruction
The normalised extinction curve in the direction of a reddened star follows Seaton’s curve in the visible, but large variations are observed in the UV, especially in the far-UV (Bless & Savage, 1972).
The incompatibilities between the standard theory of interstellar extinction and observations
This is both a blessing and a curse. A solution to this problem is not clear.
Content Sharing for Mobile Devices
But there is an underside to the blessings of science.
Do We Need a Scientific Revolution?
Phys. 65 1989 3417-24. 3. Rozenberg Z, Bless S, Brar N: ‘On the influence of the loss of the shear strength on the ballistic performance of brittle solids’ Int. J. Impact Engng.
Numerical simulation of high-speed penetration-perforation dynamics in layered armor shields
Then he ordered the crowds to sit down on the grass; and taking the five loaves and the two fish he looked up to heaven, and blessed, and broke and gave the loaves to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds.
Zeno meets modern science
This fact has even been regarded as a “blessing” in Ref. potentially anomalous U(1) brane fields in SM-like constructions.
Flux compactifications in string theory: a comprehensive review
The close relationship between symbiotic nebulae and PNe is a mixed blessing, since in order to use symbiotic systems to learn about PNe we need to be able to tell them apart.
The Origin and Shaping of Planetary Nebulae: Putting the Binary Hypothesis to the Test
The spatial resolution is both a blessing and a challenge: for spectroscopy, in the absence of space-flown UV Integral Field Units, it results in detailed studies of very small physical regions.
Understanding Lyman-alpha emitters
NG acknowledges his mother for her eternal love and blessings.
Witness for edge states and its characteristics
This is a curse and a blessing; the background of neutrinos produced by cosmic rays in interactions with air nuclei provides a beam essential for calibrating the detectors and demonstrating the neutrino measurement technique.
In Search for Extraterrestrial High Energy Neutrinos
Christian tradition, on the other hand, will bless such a prayer.
LHC card games: bringing about retrocausality?
Although this is a lost opportunity for quantum gravity phenomenology, it is also a blessing, if all we wish to understand is what can be seen from outside without having to grapple with the physics of a singularity.
Destroying black holes with test bodies
Prokof ’ev and Svistunov argue that these drawbacks are however acceptable: The method does not try to alleviate the sign problem; in fact, the sign ’blessing’ is often crucial for the series convergence.
Recent developments in Quantum Monte-Carlo simulations with applications for cold gases
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