• WordNet 3.6
    • n invocation the act of appealing for help
    • n invocation calling up a spirit or devil
    • n invocation an incantation used in conjuring or summoning a devil
    • n invocation a prayer asking God's help as part of a religious service
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Invocation (Law) A call or summons; especially, a judicial call, demand, or order; as, the invocation of papers or evidence into court.
    • Invocation The act or form of calling for the assistance or presence of some superior being; earnest and solemn entreaty; esp., prayer offered to a divine being. "Sweet invocation of a child; most pretty and pathetical!""The whole poem is a prayer to Fortune, and the invocation is divided between the two deities."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n invocation The act of invoking or calling in prayer; the form or act of summoning or inviting presence or aid: as, invocation of the Muses.
    • n invocation In law, a judicial call, demand, or order: as, the invocation of papers or evidence into a court.
    • n invocation Eccles.: An invoking of the blessing of God upon any undertaking; especially, an opening prayer in a public service invoking divine blessing upon it; specifically, the words “In nomine Patris, et Filii, et Spiritus Sancti. Amen,” “In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen,” used at the beginning of the Roman mass, before sermons in many Anglican churches, and on other occasions.
    • n invocation The third part of the prayer of consecration in the communion office of the American Book of Common Prayer, in the Scottish office of 1764 (from which that prayer is derived), and in the Nonjurors' office of 1718, on which, as well as on earlier Scottish and English offices and ancient Oriental liturgies, the Scottish office of 1764 is based. It follows the institution and the oblation, and invokes God the Father to send down the Holy Spirit on the eucharistic elements and on the communicants. A similar form of invocation (epiclesis), on which this is modeled, is found in the same sequence in almost all the more important primitive liturgies, and some authorities claim that it was originally universal. It is wanting, however, in the Roman Missal and in the present English Book of Common Prayer. In the first Prayer-book (1549) the invocation preceded the institution.
    • n invocation In the Roman Catholic and Anglican litanies, one of the petitions addressed to God in each person and in Trinity, and to the saints. The invocations are the first of the four main divisions of petitions in these litanies, the others being deprecations (with obsecrations), intercessions, and supplications. The response to the invocations addressed to God is “Miserere nobis,” “Have mercy upon us,” to which the Anglican Prayer-book adds “miserable sinners.” The response to the invocations addressed to saints is “Ora (or Orate) pro nobis” (“Pray for us”). The invocations to saints are omitted in the Anglican litany.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Invocation the act or the form of invocating or addressing in prayer or supplication: a call or summons, especially a judicial order: any formal invoking of the blessing of God, esp. an opening prayer in a public religious service, and the petitions in the Litany addressed to God in each person and in the Trinity
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. invocation, L. invocatio,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
See Invoke.


In literature:

In adoration likewise and invocation.
"A Budget of Paradoxes, Volume I (of II)" by Augustus De Morgan
It is probable that in very early times, invocations were made in the names of favorite pagan deities.
"Primitive Psycho-Therapy and Quackery" by Robert Means Lawrence
Fourth in invocations came Quirinus, and fourth in order of precedence was his flamen.
"The Religious Experience of the Roman People" by W. Warde Fowler
There is but one God and the Holy Virgin, and the saints to whom you can make invocation.
"A Little Girl in Old Quebec" by Amanda Millie Douglas
Yet, after all, there was something taking in this singular confusion of sounds after the "Kyrie eleison" and the opening invocations.
"En Route" by J.-K. (Joris-Karl) Huysmans
She might have been chanting an invocation to the night.
"Country Neighbors" by Alice Brown
The invocation was over, but no living creature appeared in the desert to serve as a sacrifice.
"Myths & Legends of our New Possessions & Protectorate" by Charles M. Skinner
In rapid succession his notes of alarm and invocations for aid to Union followed each other to the leading men of the states, North and South.
"America First" by Various
Most of such invocations are expressed in terms far more recondite and symbolic than the above.
"Nagualism" by Daniel G. Brinton
The round room may have been used for invocations and incantations.
"Black Spirits and White" by Ralph Adams Cram

In poetry:

I arise today
Through a mighty strength, the invocation of the Trinity,
Through a belief in the Threeness,
Through confession of the Oneness Of the Creator of creation.
"The Lorica of St Patrick" by Anonymous Irish
It is time for the invocation, to atone
For what we fear most and have not dared to face:
Kali, the destroyer, cannot be overthrown;
We must stay, open-eyed, in the terrible place.
"(From) The Invocation to Kali " by May Sarton
Where, Venus-like from Lethe and the abyss,
Might rise the abandoned bliss;
Where the mute Muses bide your summoning word;
Where darkling faun and daemon drowse unstirred,
Waiting the invocation of your kiss.
"Do You Forget, Enchantress?" by Clark Ashton Smith
Hear me illustrious!
Thy lover me, for always I have loved thee,
Even as basking babe, then happy boy alone by some wood edge, thy
touching-distant beams enough,
Or man matured, or young or old, as now to thee I launch my
"Thou Orb Aloft Full-Dazzling" by Walt Whitman
Know this ark is charm'd With incantations Pharaoh ne'er employed;
With spells which impious Egypt ne'er knew;
With invocations to the living God,
I twisted every slender reed together,
And with a prayer did every ozier weave.
"Moses In The Bulrushes. A Sacred Drama" by Hannah More

In news:

Many TV Viewers Criticize Smirks and Invocations of Allah .
University of Maryland Senate Votes to Cut Invocation From Commencement Ceremony .
She asked Doris LaSpada to give the invocation.
President Rita Lombardo gave the Invocation "Hail Mary" and a reading titled "Today".
Rabbi David Wolpe is scheduled to deliver the invocation at the Democratic National Convention tonight in Charlotte.
Eliot's Four Quartets, has as its fourth movement Eliot's famous Pentecostal invocation.
No action was taken on an executive session item concerning potential legal issues on public invocations during Tuesday night's council meeting.
Atheist to Give Council Invocation .
Hamilton County policy regarding invocations .
Fr Kemberling champions religious freedom in one of the most stirring invocations I've ever heard.
No invocation at city meetings.
Invocation of His Eminence Francis Cardinal George, O.M.I.
Amazing Earthfest kicks off with Invocation to Sustainability.
Rick Warren's Invocation Invokes Judaism, Islam.
Rick Warren's Inaugural Invocation .

In science:

Since H and H ′ are generated from the same algorithm M and the scheduling of a strong adversary, G must end with the invocation of a flip operation f l.
Linearizable Implementations Do Not Suffice for Randomized Distributed Computation
This protocol only succeeds iff al l of the log n invocations of EQ succeed.
On Lower Bound Methods for Tree-like Cutting Plane Proofs
The invocation of an ordering operator is always followed by the invocation of a splitting operator, which actually posts subgoals by calling the function Present with the ordered goals subsequently.
Planning Argumentative Texts
It is based on the β -relation, which is the formalization of function invocation.
Extending the Lambda Calculus to Express Randomized and Quantumized Algorithms
The Prolog requires that both operands of the built-in predicates ” < ” and ” > ” are ground before their invocations.
A Polymorphic Groundness Analysis of Logic Programs