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ACT OF GRACE, Scotch law. The name by which the statute which provides for the aliment of prisoners confined for civil debts, is usually known.
     2. This statute provides that where a prisoner for debt declares upon oath, before the magistrate of the jurisdiction, that he has not wherewith to maintain himself, the magistrate may set him it liberty, if the creditor, in consequence of whose diligence he was imprisoned, does not aliment him within ten days after intimation for that purpose. 1695, c. 32; Ersk. Pr. L. Scot. 4, 3, 14. This is somewhat similar to a provision in the insolvent act of Pennsylvania.

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Act Of Grace, which was shot in Liverpool, was directed by Noreen Kershaw and produced by Alan Field.
For all his faults, Graham Greene had this gift: to him, the Incarnation of Christ was an act of grace which no amount of explaining could justify, but it was still believable.
God might have chosen any nation on earth, but God chose Israel as a sheer act of grace.
He acted and spoke from the conviction that came from his conversion, the act of grace he had experienced.
In an act of grace, Clifton Brown tended to her, lifting her off the ground, helping her on the first steps of a journey.
William III institutes the Act of Grace, a general pardon for political offenders.
In the letter, Hostetler accepts the traditional Amish rationale for shunning: discipline is an act of grace, an attempt to press the wayward sinner to change his or her life in order to regain a right relationship with God and the church.
s volume deserve thoughtful theological attention: first, his treatment of the "sense of the eternal" that he claims "has been eroded in our culture, and [for which] the temporal has been transcendentalized as a pseudo-replacement" (273-74); second, his reflections on dying to self and on sacrifice in which Christ's passion forms the paradigmatic locus from which we are invited to learn "to accept [our] radical contingency and dependence on grace, and to see creation itself as an act of grace and compassion" (240).
U2 frontman Bono made the announcement during an appearance before the World Affairs Council of Oregon, saying the returned notes were ``an act of grace.
It is this latter act of grace that makes a public star into a real exemplar, and uplifts humanity in the process.
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As the Sprechers' characters circle around the question of what we can expect from life and from each other, we glimpse an answer: momentary redemption through an act of grace.