“The Lord bless you, and keep you.
The Lord make His face shine upon you,
and be gracious to you.
The Lord lift up His countenance upon you,
and give + you peace.”
Benediction means “good words,” “to speak well,” or “to bless.” The above benediction or blessing is derived from Numbers 6:22-27 where God tells Aaron and his sons how to bless His people, and concludes, “So they will put my name on the Israelites, and I will bless them.”
In the Christian Church, the sign of the cross is made during the words “give you peace,” because the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross paid for man’s sins, and made peace between God and Man.