, also used to refer to bestowing such, is infusing something with holiness, divine will, or ones' hopes. Within Roman Catholicism
, Eastern Orthodoxy
, and similar traditions, formal blessings are performed by priests, but as in many other religions, anyone may formally bless another.
A curse, at least in its most formal sense, is the opposite of a blessing.
In the Bible, blessings and curses are related; the book of Deuteronomy prescribes that obedience to the Torah brings God's blessing, while disobedience brings a curse. A formula for priestly blessing is set forth at Numbers 6:24-26:
- The LORD bless thee, and keep thee;
- The LORD make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee;
- The LORD lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace. (KJV)
This formula has been introduced into Christian worship
as well. In the Gospel of Matthew
, Jesus Christ
pronounces blessings on the poor, the humble, and the persecuted in the Beatitudes
at the beginning of the Sermon on the Mount
Blessing can also be a request for permission, as in "gaining your parents blessing" would consist of having been granted consent.
In Spanish, there is a blessing which can used as a tender farewell, especially from a parent: Vaya con Dios; Go with God.