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Before his ascension into heaven, Jesus gave a farewell blessing to his disciples (Lk 24:50). This blessing was like Aaron’s benediction of the Israelites after offering sacrifices for them (Lev 9:22).

God gave a formula of blessing to Aaron through Moses to bless the Israelites: “Speak to Aaron and his sons and tell them: This is how you shall bless the Israelites. Say to them: The LORD bless you and keep you! The LORD let his face shine upon you, and be gracious to you! The LORD look upon you kindly and give you peace! So shall they invoke my name upon the Israelites, and I will bless them” (Num 6:23-27). Jesus might not have used the same formula.

Paul gives a Trinitarian Blessing formula: “The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the holy Spirit be with all of you” (2 Cor 13:13).

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