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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 is fol…

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Dillinger, Johannes, “Benediction”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 06 December 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_027361>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20160907

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