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What does it mean to “Bless the LORD”?

Psalm 103:1-2 (KJV) Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name. Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits What does it mean to say "Bless ...
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In Catholicism, what does it mean for a priest to bless an object or person?

Catholic priests bless water to make holy water and they bless the faithful at the end of Sunday masses. The Pope has a special apostolic blessing that he gives out sometimes. I know that it is good ...
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Hierarchy of Blessings

According to this question, What does it mean for a priest to bless an object or person?, there is a "special apostolic blessing" that the Pope can provide. Blessings can also be provided by the ...
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Is it a valid Christian concept to attribute subjectively attactive physical characteristics, as blessings from God? [closed]

In conversation with a fellow Christian the other day, she used the phrase, "God has blessed her with very attractive looks" describing a mutual friend of ours (about whom I agree on the attractive ...
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What is the basis for saying “God bless you” when a person sneezes?

It is common among many Christians to say "God bless you" (or simply "bless you," which implies the former) to a person when they sneeze. I have heard that this may have originated with an old belief ...
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What is the Biblical basis for Catholic blessings?

What is the Biblical basis for the Catholic blessings? And what are those blessings? Being an evangelical, I do not understand from the Bible, the reason for papal, priestly, or other blessings. How ...
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Why is wine associated with St John the Apostle?

In the Rituale Romanum of the Catholic Church one can find a blessing for wine which is reserved for the Feast of St John the Apostle (December 27). Why does the Catholic Church associate this ...
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In Catholicism, what distinguishes a priestly blessing from a lay blessing?

Lay Catholics are encouraged to bless their children [and homes?] using particular formulas or patterns. As I understand it, these ought to differ in "manner" and formula from blessings performed by a ...
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In Calvinism, is there any correlation with the elect and the “blessed” in the Beatitudes of Matthew 5?

(x-post from BH) I ask this as blessed can mean many things. Eternal life, financial wealth, health, having kids, having a job, being happy, etc. Blessings seem to be very broad, so I'd like to see ...
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Generational Curses vs Personal Resposibility [closed]

There are numerous passages that support the concept of generational curses - that children will be punished for the sins of their parents. Exodus 20:5, Exodus 34:7, Numbers 14:18, Deuteronomy 5:9 ...
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Why did Jacob curse some of his sons?

When Jacob "blessed" his sons in Genesis 49, why does he seem to curse some of them? What kind of blessing is it to say "you will no longer excel"? Granted, the curses were meted out according to ...
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Did Jesus mean a truly spiritual man should feel this rewarded NOW, or in the world to come? [closed]

Mark 10:28–31 (NKJV): Then Peter began to say to Him, "See, we have left all and followed You." So Jesus answered and said, "Assuredly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or ...
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When and how did the Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament start in the Catholic Church?

In some Christian Churches, there is according to Wikipedia, a devotional ceremony known as Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament. The question is when and how did this ceremony arise within the ...
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Can I say, “Bless You” to our Catholic priest?

Our priest does such a great job at our church. I shook his hand after church and said "Bless you". I meant to say "Bless you for all you do", but was it offensive to bless a priest?
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Priestly blessings via alternate media

When I went to World Youth Day in 2005 (wow, long time ago now) my wife and I were sick of walking and wanted to enjoy our honeymoon for a bit so we watched the Pope come into Cologne on a boat. We ...
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In what way was Isaac's blessing on Jacob manifested?

In Genesis 27, when elderly Isaac thought he was blessing his son Esau, but he was actually blessing his son Jacob through the deceit of Jacob's mother, he said to Jacob: See, the smell of my son ...
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How to live a life of blessing like Solomon [closed]

We all know that Solomon was the wisest & wealthiest man in the bible, however he moved away from God eventually. My question today is how to live a blessed life like Solomon did? By being Rich, ...
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When and why did blessing by the sign of the cross begin? [duplicate]

This post is a counterpart to this question: Is it known when and why Christians began to sign themselves with the Cross?. Among the Christians who bless using the sign of the cross, is it known when ...
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Are the blessings in the Sermon on the Mount related to the curses spoken from a mountain in Deuteronomy 27? [closed]

My question is: Are the nine blessings spoken by Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5:1-12 related to the twelve curses spoken from a mountain in Deuteronomy 27:11-26? Or is the similarity ...