Grace (prayer)

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Grace before the Meal, by Fritz von Uhde, 1885

A Grace is a short prayer or thankful phrase said before or after eating.The term most commonly refers to Christian traditions. Some traditions hold that grace and thanksgiving imparts a blessing which sanctifies the meal. In English, reciting such a prayer is sometimes referred to as "saying grace".


  • Ecumenical. God is great, God is good. Let us thank Him for our food. Amen.
  • Catholic. Bless us, o Lord, and these, Thy gifts, which we are about to receive from Thy bounty. Through Christ, our Lord. Amen.
  • Catholic (Latin) Benedic Domine, nos et hæc tua dona quæ de tua largitate sumus sumpturi. Per Christum Dominum nostrum. Amen.
  • Australian (any denomination) Come Lord Jesus, be our Guest and let this food unto us be blest. Amen
  • England (Schools?): For what we are about to receive, may the Lord make us truly grateful.

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