The Catechism of the New Apostolic Church

12.2 Acts of blessing

In the New Apostolic Church, special blessings are dispensed for the following events in the lives of the believers: confirmation, engagement, weddings, and wedding anniversaries. These acts of blessing are, as a rule, performed during the divine service. The prenatal blessing is dispensed outside of the divine service.

During the dispensation of the blessing, God turns to sincerely longing souls and thereby brings to expression His favour upon them. Through Apostles and priestly ministers, God assures the believers of His help, grace, and compassion. An Old Testament model of such a blessing is the Aaronic blessing, which God commissioned the priests to dispense (Numbers 6: 24-26).