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tr.v. sanc·ti·fied, sanc·ti·fy·ing, sanc·ti·fies
1. To set apart for sacred use; consecrate: The preacher sanctified the ground as a cemetery.
2. To make holy; purify: They felt the spirit had descended and sanctified their hearts. They sanctified the body with holy oil.
3. To give religious sanction to, as with an oath or vow: The wedding ceremony sanctifies the marriage.
4. To give social or moral sanction to: "The only books I wanted to read as a teenager were those sanctified by my elders and betters" (David Eggers).

[Middle English seintefien, sanctifien, from Old French saintifier, from Late Latin sānctificāre : Latin sānctus, holy, from past participle of sancīre, to consecrate; see sak- in Indo-European roots + Latin -ficāre, -fy.]

sanc′ti·fi·ca′tion (-fĭ-kā′shən) n.
sanc′ti·fi′er n.
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I assert most unhesi- tatingly, that the religion of the south is a mere covering for the most horrid crimes,--a justifier of the most appalling barbarity,--a sanctifier of the most hateful frauds,--and a dark shelter under, which the darkest, foulest, grossest, and most infer- nal deeds of slaveholders find the strongest protec- tion.
draws from historical analysis and some contemporary theologians to describe three forms of righteousness (governing, justifying, and conforming) that align with God's action as creator, redeemer, and sanctifier.
Cette famille tient aussi a sanctifier leurs actions heroiques et a exprimer toute sa reconnaissance a toutes les couches sociales qui ont participe, sous la conduite du glorieux trone Alaouite, a la preservation des valeurs sacrees du Maroc et de son identite nationale.
Despite the often separated Sanctifier from Savior, the Holy Spirit is integrally intertwined with the teaching oldie truth about Jesus Christ (John 14:26), speaking on what is heard from Jesus to glorify him and declaring to God's people the gospel (John 16:13-14).
He is the Creator of man and of woman, the inaugurator of marriage, and the Sanctifier of matrimony.
As Crusoe says after Friday converts, all that is needed is the reader, the text, and the Holy Spirit: "the Word of God, and the Spirit of God promis'd for the Guide and Sanctifier of his People, are the absolutely necessary Instructors of the Souls of Men, in the saving Knowledge of God, and the Means of Salvation" (202).
It is holy inasmuch as God is present in it, for God alone is holy and sanctifier.
Eager to appease unfounded feminist claims that the Church's language somehow was "excluding" women from full, active, and conscious participation at Mass and in the other sacraments, some celebrants in the past few decades presumed to change the formula from "In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit," to: "In the name of the Creator, the Redeemer, and the Sanctifier.
His argument starts with the Spirit and the framework of the fivefold Gospel, consisting of the good news of "Jesus as savior, sanctifier, Spirit-baptizer, healer, and coming king" (p.
They are triune--three persons in one God: God the creator, God the redeemer, and God the sanctifier (Mark 16:14-18; Matthew 28:16-20).
As seen in Jesus' prayer that God sanctify the disciples (John 17:17), and in Paul's benediction in 1 Thessalonians 5:23, the Lord may be directly implored to act as sanctifier.
I will make three points that roughly correspond with the character of God confessed to be creator, redeemer, and sanctifier of humankind, respectively.