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Early Day Motion

A UK term of art for a formal motion for a Parliamentary debate on a particular subject to be held on an "early day" (i.e. soon). Topics for EDMs range widely—from support of homeopathic hospitals to the introduction of a bill on climate change. There is no guarantee that an EDM will be debated, even when multiple MPs sign the Motion.

prayer,

n communication with the spiritual or ultimate reality, which may be understood as transcendent or immanent, and described in theistic or nontheistic terms.
prayer, conversational,
n type of prayer, in which one speaks like a friend to one's god, sharing problems, thoughts, feelings, and concerns.
prayer, directed,
n a prayer in which a specific effect or goal is expected and requested.
prayer, intercessory,
n a variation of petitionary prayer, in which the individual praying makes a request on behalf of someone else.
prayer, meditative,
n type of prayer, in which one focuses on a word, phrase, or sound to still the mind or to allow one to listen for the ‘still, small voice’ of the divine. Also called
centering prayer, contemplation, contemplative prayer, or
listening prayer. See also mantra and meditation.
prayer, petitionary,
n type of prayer, in which one makes a request of one's god.
prayer, ritualistic,
n type of prayer, in which one repeats standardized prayers as an established part of one's specific spiritual traditions.
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And have you been running away from prayers ever since, ma chere?
But observe his prayer, and so many white bolts, upon his prison.
He got in all the details, and that is a good thing in a local item: you see, he had kept books for the undertaker- department of his church when he was younger, and there, you know, the money's in the details; the more details, the more swag: bearers, mutes, candles, prayers -- everything counts; and if the bereaved don't buy prayers enough you mark up your candles with a forked pencil, and your bill shows up all right.
It remains for me, then," he said, "to remember you in my prayers, and to entreat God for you, in all earnestness, that you may not indeed become a castaway.
Cruncher, with unconscious inconsistency, "that the worth of YOUR prayers may be?
This will cause her to weep still more, and she will hold out the glass crying, "Adorable husband, never shall I cease my prayers till you have done me the favour to drink.
The fact is," continued Sancho, "that, as your worship knows better than I do, we are all of us liable to death, and to-day we are, and to-morrow we are not, and the lamb goes as soon as the sheep, and nobody can promise himself more hours of life in this world than God may be pleased to give him; for death is deaf, and when it comes to knock at our life's door, it is always urgent, and neither prayers, nor struggles, nor sceptres, nor mitres, can keep it back, as common talk and report say, and as they tell us from the pulpits every day.
Milady's supper was brought in, and she was found deeply engaged in saying her prayers aloud--prayers which she had learned of an old servant of her second husband, a most austere Puritan.
He took this Indian into his family, and by constant intercourse with him soon become sufficiently conversant with the vocabulary and construction of the language to translate the ten commandments, the Lord's prayer, and several passages of Scripture, besides composing exhortations and prayers.
The Skynses Their traffic Hunting Food Horses A horse- race Devotional feeling of the Skynses, Nez Perces and Flatheads Prayers Exhortations A preacher on horseback Effect of religion on the manners of the tribes A new light.
And Agamemnon answered, "Fly if you will, I shall make you no prayers to stay you.
By 7 o'clock in the evening, dinner was about over; an hour's promenade on the upper deck followed; then the gong sounded and a large majority of the party repaired to the after cabin (upper), a handsome saloon fifty or sixty feet long, for prayers.