by Āyasmā Aggacitta
From these references we can make the following conclusions. The canonical procedure of dedicating merits is actually very simple:
• Perform dana
• At the end of the dana, dedicate the merits by saying: “May the merits and the great meritorious fruits of this dana be for the happiness of so-and-so.”
One can still gain merit by rejoicing in others’ meritorious deeds regardless of whether the meritorious deeds had been dedicated to one.