BENEDICTIONS

The Manual of The Mother Church was unfolded to Mary Baker Eddy by divine wisdom. It prescribes the present order for all services in Christian Science churches and societies, including the Sunday and Thanksgiving Day services, both of which end with a benediction. To make careful and prayerful preparation for the conduct of such services, a Reader must understand what rightfully constitutes a benediction.

While "blessing"' and "benediction" are thought of as synonymous terms, one dictionary states that the word benediction "applies only to a prayer or ceremony invoking a blessing or blessings upon a person or persons. In this sense, it may be used interchangeably with blessing." This dictionary goes on to say that "benediction" is the customary term for the concluding blessing or prayer at a public service. A benediction then is not an exhortation or an admonition.

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