Monday, May 14, 2007


From the earlier English bledsian and blod (blood), referring to the rite of consecration by sprinkling an altar with blood. Some chief definitions of the English verb "bless": (1) to make or declare holy by a spoken formula or a sign; hallow; consecrate; (2) to ask divine favor for; (3) to favor or endow with; (4) to make happy or prosperous; gladden; (5) to praise or glorify.

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