solemn invocation

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By a solemn invocation of the divine blessing, by the singing of an appropriate dirge to the memory of the fallen by the chaste eloquence of Mr.
None of this should have anything to do with various rites of marriage such as a hippie New Age union celebrated waist deep in a river with solemn invocation of the winds and other natural forces, or a white wedding in a high Episcopal church.
Similarly, if solemn invocations of peace spoken at Middle East summits were snowflakes, the sun-smitten Levant would be a perpetual winter wonderland.