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The first Bible reference that comes to mind is Jacob's blessing of Isaac (Gen. 27:28). Countless times in the Gospels Christ blesses something, the most notable that comes to mind is the bread and wine at the Last Supper: "And whilst they were at supper, Jesus took bread, and blessed, and broke: and gave to his disciples, and said: Take ye, and eat. This ...


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I used to listen to the Vatican Radio podcast which included a recording of the Pope's Urbi et Orbi blessing and they would put a disclaimer in the recording that the blessing didn't apply to recordings, only to those present or watching/listening live. The key distinction is live versus a recording; even if you're watching the EWTN web stream -- which ...


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Yes, it is completely valid to attribute any blessing to God from a variety of Christian perspectives. In short, all things are ordained by God. As for the "less attractive" person, God has most likely blessed her with other attributes. And if not, a perfectly Christian answer to why some are blessed with certain things and other are not is the one God ...


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To bless is related to to consecrate. Both imply an act of recognizing and/or declaring and devoting something to have a particular purpose or holiness. If a father blesses his son's decision in a matter, we mean that the father supports and acknowledges the decision. If a priest blesses a marriage, he declares, with the approval of the whole Church in the ...


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TL; DR - essentially, it is a method of praising God and bringing him glory. This article addresses the very issue: There are two main things that we do when we bless the Lord. The first is synonymous with giving thanks and praise. Some translations actually say, “Give thanks to the Lord,” where others say, “Bless the Lord.” So, blessing the Lord is ...


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This is the footnote to Gn 49:1 (RSVCE). a. 49.1-27 In their present form these “Oracles of Jacob,” blessings pronounced upon his sons as epitomizing the twelve tribes, date from the period of the early monarchy. Therefore seen as oracles, they are prophetic pronouncements of what is to become of the tribes with the sons themselves having played a ...


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The Lord is blessed in His very being as part of His condition or state of being (along with timeless, omnipotent, omniscient, good, etc.). We can simply announce that as a way of blessing God. “Blessed be the Lord” may by our desire that all know His "condition," or let all celebrate His blessed "condition." Noah, Abraham, et al., blessed others with a ...


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All baptized persons may bless, even non-Catholics. But not all blessings may be given by all people. As a vague rule, blessings involve things and persons over which one has been granted spiritual authority by God. For this reason, parents can appropriately bless their children, persons their homes, and those with appropriate Holy Orders can bless water, ...


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The priest blessing is a sacramental (not a sacrament). So it can confer to the person who receive it a special grace. Also it can bring indulgences as in the Urbi et Orbi blessing or the Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament. The paternal blessing is important and a very old tradition as stated in the Bible: "Benedictio patris firmat domos filiorum" (The ...


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Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, what someone finds beautiful, another finds ugly. If they can use their beauty to help others it could even be a gift. I think of Queen Esther in these regards, she was blessed with beauty and that gave her the opportunity to become a queen. She used what she had (beauty) to become a queen. And she had courage enough to ...


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Physical beauty is not ultimately subjective. Our notions of physical beauty are often tainted and perverted by sin, but they're ultimately and objectively based on health and procreative power. Numerous studies confirm this: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Physical_attractiveness. And, particularly in Catholicism, procreative power and the act of procreation ...


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My Dad used to have some words hung on the wall in his office that said, "I'm me, I'm wonderful, 'cause God don't make junk." I say that because I think this is what it's all about. Neither my Dad (nor I for that matter) are particularly attractive men. We're both stocky and somewhat short. That being said, I could consider my build to be a curse, or I ...


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Short Answer: Biblically speaking, absolutely not. First, let me clarify that I do think a case could be made that disfigurement is the result of sin. For example, if a person were covered in warts, or scars, or had a cleft lip, or was missing an eye, or was obese, or malnourished, I think it would be safe to say that person had experienced the effects of ...


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The New Testament has sort of turned things the right way up. Now we're warned not to desire to be rich: Now godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and clothing, with these we shall be content. But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation and ...


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The Pope can bless objects and people implicitly during his audiences - any prayer and speech of the Pope gives Apostolic or Papal blessing to those listening and seeing the pope and to their loved ones unable to participate but connected through prayer. Any "holy symbol" the blessed people have with intend to have it blessed is blessed too (I guess that ...


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The Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament is the result of a confluence of two separate traditions dating back to the thirteenth century. Exposing the Blessed Sacrament for veneration in a monstrance grew out of special value being placed upon the act of looking at the elevation of the Eucharist at mass, probably as a form of protest against the theological ...


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Welcome to Christianity Stack Exchange, Sujith. I hope you enjoy your stay with us. Forgive me if I am incorrect, but judging from your question I infer you are, perhaps, new to Christianity (not the web site, but the religion). If you are not, feel free to correct me. Jesus gave us the "secret" to living a blessed life in what Christians call the ...


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Blessing of an item is sort of a "package for prayer". The blessing is essentially a prayer for something to remind us Christ and our faith. For example, water reminds especially baptism and everything Jesus did about it in the events recorded in Bible (not only in New Testaments, there are some images pointing to baptism in Old Testament, like passage ...


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In some circumstances in every culture it may be a curse. It can of course be a blessing too. I would say that most of the time it is neither, being a benign state of being, like being male or female. This we know for sure: 13 For you created my inmost being;      you knit me together in my mother’s womb. 14 I praise you ...



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