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Blessing. A two-way movement of (from humans to God) thanksgiving and praise, and of (from God to humans) power and goodness/good fortune. Blessings (in both senses) are prominent in Judaism, where it is said that there is a blessing for every occasion. See also BENEDICTIONS.

In Christianity, blessings occur especially in worship and in the liturgy—e.g. at the end of the eucharist and other services, where the congregation is blessed.

In Islam, baraka was associated originally with fecundity and having many descendants. From this it came to mean success or prosperity in more general terms. The source is always God.

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bless·ing / ˈblesing/ • n. [in sing.] God's favor and protection: may God continue to give us his blessing. ∎  a prayer asking for such favor and protection: a priest gave a blessing as the ship was launched. ∎  grace said before or after a meal. ∎  a beneficial thing for which one is grateful; something that brings well-being: it's a blessing we're alive. ∎  a person's sanction or support: he gave the plan his blessing even before it was announced.

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blessing a blessing in disguise an apparent misfortune that eventually has good results, recorded from the mid 18th century.
blessings brighten as they take their flight it is only when something is lost that one realizes its value; saying recorded from the mid 18th century.

See also count one's blessings at count2, mixed of Chancery.

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