12.1.10 The closing benediction

At the end of the divine service, the blessing of the triune God is dispensed upon all those present. Together with the Trinitarian opening formula, the "closing benediction" comprises the framework which encompasses the divine service event and indicates that everything emanates from, and revolves around, the triune God. This blessing is pronounced over the congregation with the words recorded in 2 Corinthians 13: 13:

"The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all!"