the formal petitionary prayer, said especially in the Anglican Church immediately before the sermon.
an intercessory prayer for persons living and dead, said in English churches up to about the middle of the 16th century.
Where Did The Phrase “Thoughts And Prayers” Come From?While increased attention to the calamities of the world is in theory a good thing, hearing about every single tragedy doesn't necessarily correlate with absolute empathy. At the very least, people—especially politicians—tend to offer up a phrase or two to acknowledge a misfortune. One of the most popular phrases? "Thoughts and prayers."
Origin of bidding prayer
First recorded in 1745–55
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