Blessing is also a term used for marriage in the Unification Church, see: Blessing Ceremony of the Unification Church.
In a darker turn of phrase, a Blood (street gang) initiation rite will involve getting blessed, a process by which an inductee is punched as hard as possible in the forehead.
In Hawaii anything new (a new building, a new stretch of road to be opened, a new garden) receives a blessing by a Hawaiian practitioner (or Kahuna) in a public ceremony (involving also the unwinding of e.g. a maile lei).
Other articles related to "blessing, blessings":
... or "kneeling" derived from common Semitic roots for the concept of kneeling in praise/to receive a blessing ... prostrate oneself", and hence "to receive blessing" ... The feminine noun barakah (بركة) means "blessing" ...
... At the beginning of a Shabbat or holiday meal, a blessing must first be made over the wine (Kiddush) in order to sanctify the Shabbat ... This is followed by the blessing over the bread (challah), which begins the meal ... However, in the hierarchy of blessings mandated by the Sages, the blessing over bread should precede the blessing over wine ...
... Blessings in Roman Catholicism come under the category of sacramentals ... Among sacramentals blessings (of persons, meals, objects, and places) come first ... Every blessing praises God and prays for his gifts ...
... The mall had its inaugural blessing on May 16, 2013, a day before the grand opening ... Peter Cayetano, Taguig City Mayor Lani Cayetano, company officials, and VIP guests graced the blessing, including SM Prime's Henry Sy and Hans Sy ... Hollywood celebrity Sarah Jessica Parker also graced the blessing ...
Famous quotes containing the word blessing:
“Youth is rather to be pitied than envied by people in years since it is doomed to toil through the rugged road of life which the others have passed through, in search of happiness that is not to be met with in it and that, at the highest, can be compounded for only by the blessing of a contented mind.”
—Samuel Richardson (16891761)
“When she asked him about birth control, he sat down beside her and talked for half an hour about what a great woman Margaret Sanger was and how birthcontrol was the greatest single blessing to mankind since the invention of fire.”
—John Dos Passos (18961970)
“A deep man believes in miracles, waits for them, believes in magic, believes that the orator will decompose his adversary; believes that the evil eye can wither, that the hearts blessing can heal; that love can exalt talent; can overcome all odds.”
—Ralph Waldo Emerson (18031882)