Glossary Term:Invocation

The opening prayer spoken by the person presiding over a religious ceremony.

The opening prayer also known as the invocation, establishes the tone of a religious ceremony.

Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary
invocation (noun)
1.
a) the act or process of petitioning for help or support , specifically often capitalized a prayer of entreaty (as at the beginning of a service of worship)
b) a calling upon for authority or justification
2.
a formula for conjuring - incantation
3.
an act of legal or moral implementation - enforcement
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