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invocation

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Definition a prayer asking God's help as part of a religious service
  • The Supreme Court held that a religious invocation is allowed because it has a secular purpose; i.e., to solemnize the event .
  • Any invocations must be done so they do not advance any particular faith or belief.
  • At its close the Mormon lifted his face and arms in characteristic invocation.
    Zane Grey  --  The Heritage of the Desert
  • When I chuckled at the older woman's invocation of the parable, she laughed, too.
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy
  • The only response the other two magicians evinced at the death of their companion was to increase the speed of their invocation.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Brisingr
  • Not everyone received a response from the gods, but Eugenides never doubted his invocation would be answered.
    Megan Whalen Turner  --  Queen of Attolia
  • The DRUMMER intones under the PRAISE-SINGER'S invocations.
    Wole Soyinka  --  Death and the King's Horseman
  • It was a time of struggle between beast-demons on the one side and the old prayers and invocations on the other.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • Drawing himself upright, he gathered together what power he had left and parted his lips to deliver the invocation.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • Saint George!" said the Black Knight, striking down a man at every invocation; "have we traitors here?"
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • This he alledges to prove Invocation of Saints departed.
    Thomas Hobbes  --  Leviathan
  • The tumult increased, the invocation of Mrs. Moore continued, and people who did not know what the syllables meant repeated them like a charm.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Passage to India
  • If you want that device to work, perhaps you should try a musical invocation.
    Rick Riordan  --  The House of Hades
  • His invocation was brief and punchy, and for a second I thought we were getting back on the high road to right action.
    Maya Angelou  --  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  • In the last act when she began the invocation to the angels, she made all the members of the audience feel as though they too had wings.
    Gaston Leroux  --  The Phantom of the Opera
  • The pressure returned to Eragon's legs as soon as Oromis mouthed his inaudible invocation.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • Our voices were like prayers lifted up and offered as invocations to the house, and the house itself was an invocation to slower, more cautious days.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • Sophie heard Lotte wake with a groan, muttering disconnected syllabics, perhaps some matutinal invocation to Jehovah, in a sepulchral Rhenish accent.
    William Styron  --  Sophie's Choice
  • The instant Neferet began speaking the invocation I felt the air change.
    P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast  --  Marked
  • He appealed to her: "Joy in this armor, goddess, first on Olympos, first of immortals in our invocation!
    Homer  --  The Iliad

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