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August 16, 2012

dogma: official system of principles or tenets concerning faith,morals, behavior, etc., as of a church. Synonyms: doctrine,teachings, set of beliefs, philosophy. 2. a specific tenet or doctrine authoritatively laid down, as by a church: the dogma of the Assumption; the recently defineddogma of papal infallibility. 3. prescribed doctrine proclaimed as unquestionably true by a particular group: the difficulty of resisting political dogma. 4. a settled or established opinion, belief, or principle: the classic dogma of objectivity in scientific observation. Synonyms: conviction, certainty.

benediction: 1. an utterance of good wishes. 2. the form of blessing pronounced by an officiating minister, as at the close of divine service. 3. a ceremony by which things are set aside for sacred uses, as a church, vestments, or bells. 4. (usually initial capital letter) . Also called Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament. a service consisting of prayers, at least one prescribed hymn, censing of the congregation and the Host, and a blessing of the congregation by moving in the form of a cross the ciborium or monstrance containing the Host. 5.

the advantage conferred by blessing; a mercy or benefit.
renegades: 1. a person who deserts a party or cause for another. 2.

an apostate from a religious faith.


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