Archive - October 14, 2020

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BLESS YOU

BLESS YOU

“May the Lord show you his favor and give you his peace.” Numbers 6:26  I had a recent conversation with Siri and here’s how it went: ME: “Siri, where does the tradition of saying “bless you” when someone sneezes come from? SIRI: “Many people have become accustomed to saying “bless you” or “gesundheit” when someone sneezes. Wishing someone well after they sneeze probably originated hundreds of years ago. The phrase “God bless you” is attributed to Pope Gregory the Great, who uttered it in the sixth century during a bubonic plague epidemic (sneezing is an obvious symptom of one form of the plague).[…]

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