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question everything Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 12:56 PM
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Invocation and benediction
are these two terms have only a religious meaning?

Do they exist in other religions, or only in Christianity?

(As you can tell, I am quite ignorant when it comes to rituals of religions).
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jwirr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 01:04 PM
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1. I do not know what invocation means but benediction is the final blessing
to the congregation after a service. I think at least the Jewish religion has this also but I do not know. My father used to tell us that the benediction was the most important part of the service because when we go out to face the world we need a blessing.
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Tangerine LaBamba Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 01:08 PM
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2. Look the words up
Get a dictionary and look them up - look at their meanings, the origins, and you'll have your answer. If you look them up yourself, and learn about them - a matter of a few minutes, you will own them forever - they will be yours.

(and then you won't be ignorant any more, because it's not a religious question, but an etymological one - yeah, look up "etymology" while you're at it - it's another great word.)

Have fun.

:toast:
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Lydia Leftcoast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-22-09 12:29 AM
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3. One of the benedictions that Christians use is called the Aaronic benediction
It goes "The Lord bless you and keep you. The Lord make his face shine upon you. The Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace." I've heard that it's a translation from Hebrew.

Invocation merely means asking for God's blessing upon a proceedings. I haven't attended that many Jewish services, but I suppose there's some equivalent, even if it's not called an invocation.
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ZombieHorde Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-22-09 01:44 AM
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4. To invoke is to call forth from without, to evoke is to call forth from within. nt
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