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quote:
Originally posted by Bax:
Benedictus + benedicat

That's the one...thanks. "Blessed One, bless."
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Do any of you join me in feeling a bit awkward in attributing to God's provision or asking God to bless food that is in fact unhealthy (or that our culture currently believes unhealthy)? Deep fried chicken nuggets that are mostly breading, sugary sauce, french fries, a sugar drink, and dessert, like God really is honored when we choose this to eat? (A different situation perhaps from when it's the only food available.)

Sometimes I feel squeamish about grace for that kind of "food," feels like when someone thanks God for or asks God to bless an opportunity to do something not exactly loving and moral.

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I do! I usually used "blessed art thou, oh Lord our God, king of the universe, who bringest forth bread from the earth." Feels a bit awkward when breakfast is coffee and cake. [Hot and Hormonal]

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Mamacita

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quote:
Originally posted by Belle Ringer:
Do any of you join me in feeling a bit awkward in attributing to God's provision or asking God to bless food that is in fact unhealthy (or that our culture currently believes unhealthy)? Deep fried chicken nuggets that are mostly breading, sugary sauce, french fries, a sugar drink, and dessert, like God really is honored when we choose this to eat? (A different situation perhaps from when it's the only food available.)

Sometimes I feel squeamish about grace for that kind of "food," feels like when someone thanks God for or asks God to bless an opportunity to do something not exactly loving and moral.

If you are feeling embarrassed about your food choices, then perhaps God is telling you something. But I don't think gratitude is ever misplaced.

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I agree. I think that we are very blessed indeed that we can choose such foods, even if they are bad for us. Because one alternative is that we have no food at all.

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"Heavenly Father, we thank thee for our food. Grant that we may be strengthen by it to serve thee through thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen."

Or some variance thereof.

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The New Testament contains plenty of examples about breaking the rules concerning types of food. Simply replace "pork" with "chicken nugget." I'm sure most of us could be doing a better job of being good stewards of the earth, its bounty, and indeed our own bodies, but one of the joys of being a follower of Christ is that we needn't worry about nitpicking every little empty calorie!
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My now grown up children used to say that Mr Cullinane's (head of RE) grace was the best. When pressed they revealed that it was:
Rub a dub dub
Thank you God for the grub.

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Belle Ringer
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quote:
Originally posted by Mamacita:
quote:
Originally posted by Belle Ringer:
Do any of you join me in feeling a bit awkward in attributing to God's provision or asking God to bless food that is in fact unhealthy

If you are feeling embarrassed about your food choices, then perhaps God is telling you something.
I don't chose that kind of food, sometimes I'm served it. Sometime I decide I'm fasting. [Smile]

I was raised on "we thank thee for this meal, O Lord." A visiting kid asked "why are we thanking God for the smell? [Smile]

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A variant upon the blessing of incense, when the food isn't prepared very well: Be though blessed by him before whom thou hast been burnt.

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Bless us, Oh Lord, and these your gifts which we are about to receive from your bounty, [and make us ever mindful of the needs of others] through Christ, Our Lord. Amen.

Preferably sung in Latin.

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quote:
Originally posted by Qoheleth.:
Bless us, Oh Lord, and these your gifts which we are about to receive from your bounty, [and make us ever mindful of the needs of others] through Christ, Our Lord. Amen.

Preferably sung in Latin.

[Hot and Hormonal] whoops - must have leapfrogged over Trisagion's earlier.

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I have an abhorrence of rhyming graces and of graces that are so long and flowery that the food is spoiled by the end of the prayer. Mine tends to be an arrow prayer: "Thank you, God, for my dinner". Straight, to the point and heartfelt.

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The Silent Acolyte

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quote:
Originally posted by Edith:
My now grown up children used to say that Mr Cullinane's (head of RE) grace was the best. When pressed they revealed that it was:
Rub a dub dub
Thank you God for the grub.

Edith, that is an interesting variant, but the canonical form is
quote:
Rub a dub dub
Thanks for the grub.
Yay God!


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quote:
Originally posted by Smudgie:
I have an abhorrence of rhyming graces and of graces that are so long and flowery that the food is spoiled by the end of the prayer. Mine tends to be an arrow prayer: "Thank you, God, for my dinner". Straight, to the point and heartfelt.

I should think God himself would be rather pleased, too. I can imagine God up in the heavens listening to prayers which go onandonandon, rolling his eyes, and thinking 'Get on with it already!' [Roll Eyes]

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quote:
Originally posted by The Silent Acolyte:
quote:
Originally posted by Edith:
My now grown up children used to say that Mr Cullinane's (head of RE) grace was the best. When pressed they revealed that it was:
Rub a dub dub
Thank you God for the grub.

Edith, that is an interesting variant, but the canonical form is
quote:
Rub a dub dub
Thanks for the grub.
Yay God!


Not to put too fine a point on it, but that last line is properly delivered
quote:
Yaaaaaaaaaay GOD!
One must get the proper rhythm and intonation. [Biased]

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The Silent Acolyte

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Mamacita, I do believe you are right. After prayerful meditation, here is my second try:
quote:
Rub-a-dub-dub,
Thanks for the grub.
yeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaaaaAAAAAAAY! GOD!


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Mamacita

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That's more like it!

On the more sober side is my Grandmother's (on the Methodist side of the family) grace:

Be present at our table, Lord.
Be here and everywhere adored.
Grace, health, and strength to us accord
Through Jesus Christ, our Risen Lord. Amen.

I learned this as a very little girl and, probably because of that, always recited it in a very sing-song style, and finally dropped it along the way. It is only in recent years that I have regained it and come to realize how elegant the words are. And I believe it was on the Ship where I read that the words are attributed to Wesley -- does anyone know if that is correct?

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quote:
Originally posted by Smudgie:
I have an abhorrence of rhyming graces and of graces that are so long and flowery that the food is spoiled by the end of the prayer. Mine tends to be an arrow prayer: "Thank you, God, for my dinner". Straight, to the point and heartfelt.

Grace chez nous is usually along the lines of "Thank you, God, for the foods" (we is wiv it yoof-types), which sometimes gets expanded into a little spontaneous list of other things of the day that we are thankful for. Other times it gets shortened to "Thank God for pizza/<insert foodstuff of choice here>".

On a youth camp once I learned a grace from a swedish family that translated as "Food! Hallelujah! Amen" and could be sung/chanted to 'shave and a haircut'.

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quote:
Originally posted by Mamacita:
On the more sober side is my Grandmother's (on the Methodist side of the family) grace:

Be present at our table, Lord.
Be here and everywhere adored.
Grace, health, and strength to us accord
Through Jesus Christ, our Risen Lord. Amen.

Ehem...see the last link. It's not just for Methodists! Slightly different versions, but basically the same idea. I know of two different versions used commonly by Lutherans around here. The other version is basically the same, but ends with "May strengthened for Thy service be."

(I've been checking for a Wesley connection, but have yet to find one.)

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Grace for food yet to come was provided last night by granddaughter, staying with me. At Cryptic's suggestion, I've cross posted from AS.

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Miss 7 and her sister Miss just 10 have been here since Sunday. Miss 7 decided she would pray last night at bedtime. Her prayer; Dear God, thank you we are having butter chicken for dinner tomorrow.


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That would be a great way of pressuring the cook to put what you've just prayed for on the menu tomorrow. [Two face]

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quote:
Originally posted by Lamb Chopped:
That would be a great way of pressuring the cook to put what you've just prayed for on the menu tomorrow. [Two face]

I had planned it. MIss ten always volunteers to say grace but it was Miss 7 who ate the most.

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