The Grace Prayer
May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ,
and the love of God,
and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit
be with us all,
now and evermore.
(This closing benediction is popular within Methodism, and is often said by the congregation as a blessing to each other.)
A contemporary folk song suitable for use as a sung benediction, based on an ancient Celtic blessing:-
Wedding Benediction Prayer
The following words (which form the basis for the song above) are often used as a benediction at the end of marriage ceremonies:-
May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face;
the rains fall soft upon your fields
and until we meet again,
may God hold you in the palm of His hand.
(an ancient celtic blessing)
• Most benediction prayers in the Christian church take place at or near the end of a service. The exception to this is in the Orthodox Church, where benedictions can happen throughout the service and always happen at the beginning and end. The word "benediction" derives from two Latin words - "bene" (meaning "well") and "dicere", which means "to speak". So a Benediction is a spoken request to God for the recipient to receive goodness and wellness.
• The most popular benediction originates in the Jewish faith and is known as the "Priestly Blessing" (Numbers 6:23-27). This is also known as the "Aaronic Blessing" as it was given to Aaron and his sons to confer on the people of Israel.
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Short Benediction Prayer
May the God of peace who raised Christ from the dead
Strengthen your inner being for every good work.
And may the blessing of God Almighty
Father, Son and Holy Spirit
Rest upon you and dwell within you
This day and evermore.
(a modern benediction prayer suitable for use at the end of a service, from www.lords-prayer-words.com)