• A Messenger came to Benedict Arnold
    A Messenger came to Benedict Arnold
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n benediction the act of praying for divine protection
    • n benediction a ceremonial prayer invoking divine protection
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Benediction A blessing; an expression of blessing, prayer, or kind wishes in favor of any person or thing; a solemn or affectionate invocation of happiness. "So saying, he arose; whom Adam thus
      Followed with benediction ."
      "Homeward serenely she walked with God's benediction upon her."
    • Benediction (R. C. Ch) A solemn rite by which bells, banners, candles, etc., are blessed with holy water, and formally dedicated to God.
    • Benediction The act of blessing.
    • Benediction (Eccl) The form of instituting an abbot, answering to the consecration of a bishop.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n benediction The act of speaking well to or of; blessing.
    • n benediction An invocation of divine blessing, either by a private individual or a church official; specifically, in the Christian church generally, the form of blessing pronounced by the person officiating, at the close of divine service and on several other occasions, as marriages, the visitation of the sick, etc.
    • n benediction When the benediction is pronounced officially by a priest or clergyman, he usually stands with hands uplifted, and the congregation receive it with bowed heads. Illustrations of ancient benedictions are afforded by Gen. xxiv. 60 (a nuptial blessing); Gen. xxvii. 27–29 (a death-bed blessing); Num. vi. 24–27 (a priestly blessing). The apostolic benediction is that proceeding from the pope, and is either given personally, as at Rome, or by delegation in other parts of the world. See blessing.
    • n benediction The rite of instituting an abbot or an abbess, and of receiving the profession of a nun or of a religious knight.
    • n benediction An additional ceremony performed by a priest after the regular celebration of matrimony: called the nuptial benediction.
    • n benediction The ceremony by which things are set aside for sacred uses, as a church or vestments, bells, etc., or things for ordinary use are hallowed, as houses, etc.
    • n benediction The advantage conferred by blessing or the invocation of blessings.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Benediction ben-e-dik′shun a solemn invocation of the divine blessing on men or things—a priestly benediction is defined by Romanists as a formula of imperative prayer which transmits a certain grace or virtue to the object over which it is pronounced: a brief and popular service in the Romish Church, consisting of certain canticles and antiphons sung in presence of the host, and concluding with the priest making the sign of the cross over the people with the monstrance, and giving in silence the benediction of the most holy sacrament
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  • William Wordsworth
    “The thought of our past years in me doth breed perpetual benedictions.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. benedictio,: cf. F. bénédiction,. See Benison


In literature:

Down the white ribbon of road the Virile Benedict of the Libraries came bicycling, treadling easily from the ankles.
"Once a Week" by Alan Alexander Milne
Radames goes to the temple {9} to invoke the benediction of the goddess and to receive the sacred arms.
"The Standard Operaglass" by Charles Annesley
For S. Scolastica, the sister of S. Benedict, they built a little chapel.
"New Italian sketches" by John Addington Symonds
Coming home, Aunt Celia walked ahead with Mrs. Benedict, who keeps turning up at the most unexpected moments.
"A Cathedral Courtship" by Kate Douglas Wiggin
Brother Benedict was so named, because where he came blessings followed.
"Last Words" by Juliana Horatia Ewing
Robert, lifting his hands as if in a kind of hideous benediction, gibbered at their fear.
"The Proud Prince" by Justin Huntly McCarthy
Benedict went laughing away with his wife, and I helped Rogers on with his overshoes for his usual night-walk home.
"The Life of Charles Dickens, Vol. I-III, Complete" by John Forster
Many hundreds of years ago there lived a boy called Benedict.
"Stories of the Saints by Candle-Light" by Vera C. Barclay
Benedict the Jew in vain pleaded parchments; his usuries were too many.
"Past and Present" by Thomas Carlyle
There is not a constable nearer than Benedict.
"Her Mother's Secret" by Emma D. E. N. Southworth

In poetry:

"The beggar boy is none of mine,"
The reverend doctor strangely said;
"I do not walk the streets to pour
Chance benedictions on his head.
"Limitations Of Benevolence" by Julia Ward Howe
And though should never sound of speech
Or organ echo from its wall,
Its stones would pious lessons teach,
Its shade in benedictions fall.
"Hymn For The House Of Worship At Georgetown, Erected In Memory Of A Mother" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Take then our gift; this airy form
Whose bronze our benedictions gild,
The hearts of all its givers warm
With love by freezing years unchilled.
"To Frederick Henry Hedge" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
In the little half-hour's Benediction
The heart of a sinner again?
And, merciful Christ, Thou wilt comfort
The sorrow that brings Thee its pain.
"The Immaculate Conception" by Abram Joseph Ryan
Therefore to this dog will I,
Tenderly not scornfully,
Render praise and favor:
With my hand upon his head,
Is my benediction said
Therefore and for ever.
"To Flush, My Dog" by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
He scowls purse-lipped. She yawns, and throws
Her arms in scarecrow crucifixion.
Clear of the hills, light’s wafer shows
In world-without-end benediction.
"Daybreak" by Gwen Harwood

In news:

What do Elizabeth II and Pope Benedict XVI have in common.
Pope Benedict XVI has reaffirmed church teachings on divorce and priestly celibacy, and told Catholic politicians they must follow church doctrine on abortion, euthanasia and same-sex marriage.
After President Bush's April 16 White House meeting with Pope Benedict XVI, RELIGION & ETHICS NEWSWEEKLY managing editor Kim Lawton looks at how Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, and John McCain continue their appeals to Catholic voters.
At right, archaeologists (from left) Jed Levin, Matthew Harris, and Tod Benedict uncover.
View full size John Munson/The Star-Ledger St Benedict's Edward Cheserek wins in a course record 14:42.9.
St Benedict #1915 Edward Cheserek, left, won the race in 14:42.84.
Benedict's First Encyclical Shuns Strictures of Orthodoxy .
In his final interview, Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini said that radical change in the Church must begin with Pope Benedict XVI and the bishops.
Representatives of the Minneota High School girls' basketball team went 2-2 at the Minnesota Pacesetter Sweet 16 at the College of St Benedict in St Joseph over the weekend.
Pope Benedict XVI celebrates the Palm Sunday mass at St Peter's square at the Vatican, Sunday, April 1, 2012.
Pope Benedict XVI delivers his blessing as he arrives to celebrate a Palm Sunday mass in St Peter's square, at the Vatican, Sunday, April 17, 2011.
View an interactive feature on Benedict's Papacy In Pictures on CBS News, complete with photos, links to additional stories and coverage, and much more.
Analysis of the New Papacy of Benedict XVI April 22, 2005 Episode no 834.
New papacy about more than church's traditional' versus 'progressive' ideas, church, most, xvi, pope, benedict, papacy , world, traditional, faith, john.
VATICAN CITY – He had the trust of Pope Benedict XVI and the cardinals, monsignors and priests who run the Roman Catholic Church.

In science:

We have not found any significant signal at a period of 42 days, visible in part of the data analyzed by Benedict et al. (1998), or around 30 days, reported by Guinan and Morgan (1996).
Age-Rotation-Activity Relations for M Dwarf Stars Based on ASAS Photometric Data
B´en´edicte Haas and Gr´egory Miermont, The genealogy of self-similar fragmentations with negative index as a continuum random tree, Electron. J.
A representation of exchangeable hierarchies by sampling from real trees
B´en´edicte Haas, Gr´egory Miermont, Jim Pitman, and Matthias Winkel, Continuum tree asymptotics of discrete fragmentations and applications to phylogenetic models, Ann.
A representation of exchangeable hierarchies by sampling from real trees
B´en´edicte Haas, Jim Pitman, and Matthias Winkel, Spinal partitions and invariance under re-rooting of continuum random trees, Ann.
A representation of exchangeable hierarchies by sampling from real trees
Acknowledgements: The author would like to thank Benedict Gross and Mark Reeder for their encouragement and interest in this work, and for stimulating mathematical conversations.
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