The Blessing (jazz quartet), a jazz rock quartet from the British city of Bristol, now known as Get the Blessing
The Blessing (rock band), a former British rock band
Blessings (album), a 2011 album by Laura Story
"Blessings" (Big Sean song), a 2015 song by Big Sean from the album Dark Sky Paradise
Blessings (Lecrae song), a 2017 song by Christian rapper Lecrae featuring rapper Ty Dolla $ign
"Blessings", a 2016 song by Chance the Rapper from the mixtape Coloring Book
"Blessing", a 2014 song by K Camp from the EP In Due Time
"Blessings", a 1987 song by Gavin Friday and Simon Carmody
Blessing ceremony of the Unification Church, a wedding or marriage rededication ceremony
Blessing (Roman Catholic Church), a rite by which persons or things are sanctified as dedicated to Divine service
Blessing of same-sex unions in Christian churches
The first Latter Day Saint patriarchal blessings were performed by Joseph Smith, Sr., the father of Joseph Smith, who ordained his father to the role of patriarch on December 18, 1833, with a mission to provide "father's blessings" to those in the priesthood without fathers. Smith, Sr. gave his son a blessing on December 9, 1834, prophesying that the younger Smith would establish Zion, subdue his enemies, enjoy his posterity to the latest generation, and "stand on the earth" to witness the Second Coming. Before Joseph, Sr. died on September 14, 1840, he ordained his eldest living son, Hyrum Smith, to succeed him as Patriarch to the Church. From that time forward, Hyrum gave patriarchal blessings until his own death on June 27, 1844.
According to historian D. Michael Quinn, patriarchs were paid in the early years of the LDS Church. The practice of paying patriarchs diminished in the 20th century and was officially ended in 1943. "'Both the Presiding Patriarch and local stake patriarchs charged a fee. In the 1840s the fee was $1 per patriarchal blessing at Nauvoo; by the end of the nineteenth century it had increased to $2 per blessing. Joseph Smith, Sr., gave patriarchal blessings without payment of a fee, but would not record them. 'Uncle' John Smith commented that he "lived very poor ever since we left Kirtland Ohio" (from January 1838 until January 1844). Then his nephew, Joseph Smith, ordained him a patriarch 'through which office I obtained a comfortable living.' "....Patriarchal blessing fees ended in 1902, although patriarchs were allowed to accept unsolicited donations. Not until 1943 did church authorities prohibit patriarchs from accepting gratuities for giving blessings."