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1. Term

Benediction is a performative act which seeks, by means of words or gestures, at least indirect contact to a supernatural being or power so as to bring about something good for persons or objects. The benediction or blessing (Lat. benedictio) is thus the opposite of the curse.

In both the Protestant understanding and Catholic theology the effect of the benediction remains solely at God’s disposal. With the granting or refusal of the effect of the benediction he…

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Dillinger, Johannes, “Benediction”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Executive editor of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy. Consulted online on 21 February 2018 <>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20160907

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