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In his article on grace before meals, Giles Fraser confessed "we rarely say grace together as a family, which is a pity".

That is a pity. My extended family always says grace before meals, joining hands [started to keep little fingers out of the food while our heads were bowed!] one of us will say the grace. This is a thrice daily oportunity to 'touch base with God' and a constant reminder that all our benefits come from God. When we join hands and say grace in public, I also believe it is a witness to others.

In my small part of the Kingdom, grace before meals seems to be a growing movement, though our family has been doing it for more than 100 years that I know of.


Posted by David Bewley at Saturday, 12 February 2011 at 2:44pm GMT

U2charist left me cold . . . but bring on Gagarist! [j/k . . . *slightly* ;-)]

Lady Gaga may be a flawed vessel (aren't we all?), but she IS doing the Lord's work here. God makes no mistakes! :-)

Posted by JCF at Saturday, 12 February 2011 at 9:54pm GMT

Lady Gaga rocks!

Posted by karen macqueen+ at Sunday, 13 February 2011 at 8:21am GMT

Grace before dinner was a given as I grew up. "For what we are baout to receive, may the Lord make us truly tahnksful." When I was old enough to read the C. S. Forester series about the career of the intrepid Hornblower in the British Navy, imagine my delight when I read that our dinner grace was the ironic prayer of sailors facing a broadside from the enemy!

Posted by Cynthia Gilliatt at Monday, 14 February 2011 at 3:38pm GMT

If I recall Forrester correctly, he never actually provides the whole ironic prayer, but merely the opening. The naval use (which is still the official Naval Grace) both before battle with the enemy or battle with one's rations is usually rendered: "For what we are about to receive, THANK GOD."

Posted by Malcolm French+ at Tuesday, 15 February 2011 at 5:14am GMT

Malcolm - I expect you are right. It's been a long time since I read those books - when I was a child, they were serialized in the Saturday Evening Post. My parents bought some of the books, and I can remember when I would have been in grade school, my mother insisting to the librarian at our local public library that I could indeed check out one of them, even though they were NOT in the 'juvenile' section.

Posted by Cynthia Gilliatt at Tuesday, 15 February 2011 at 5:56pm GMT
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