"Blessed" (福) 翻譯 英譯 Translation - Vincent's Calligraphy

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"Blessed" (福) 42 X 42cm
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"Blessed" (福)
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Historical Information and Interpretation
The Chinese word "" is a very positive word that carries not only the meaning of "blessed", but also "goodness", "fortune", and even "everything is going perfectly well".   In Confucianism, it "means perfection;it is the name given to the complete and natural discharge of all duties. When nothing is left incomplete or improperly discharged;this is what we call perfection" (《禮記·祭統》: "福者,備也;備者,百順之名也", translated by James Legge)(1).  As an aside, James Legge (理雅各) is a renowned Scottish sinologist who translated many classical Chinese books in the late 1800s (2).  Coincidentally, he was the first principal of my alma mater, Ying Wa Collge (Anglo-Chinese College).

Overall, the term "福" is so pleasant that it is posted on walls in most Chinese homes during Chinese New Years.

For Catholics, this "福" ("Blessed") carries a slightly different meaning.  It refers to the reward and joy in Heaven as stated in Mathew 5:3-11:

Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Blessed are the meek: for they shall possess the land.

Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.

Blessed are they that hunger and thirst after justice: for they shall have their fill.

Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.

Blessed are the clean of heart: for they shall see God.

Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called children of God.

Blessed are they that suffer persecution for justice' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Blessed are ye when they shall revile you, and persecute you, and speak all that is evil against you, untruly, for my sake.

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