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INVOCATION

A prayerful appeal to a higher power. It may be God, the angels or saints, or the souls in purgatory who are invoked. Invocation implies an attitude of humility in asking for supernatural assistance. When God is invoked, the appeal is to mercy and love.

All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.

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