Friday, April 25, 2008

Tradition: Blessing and Grace, for meals

Blessing before meal
Bless us, O Lord, and these, Thy gifts
which we are about to receive from Thy bounty.
Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

You can see this in Gregorian chant as a PDF here and here; those also have a link to an mp3 of me chanting it. There's also this handy image to the right.

Benedic, Domine, nos et haec tua dona
quae de tua largitate sumus sumpturi.
Per Christum Dominum nostrum. Amen.

Grace after meal
We give Thee thanks, almighty God,
for all Thy benefits,
who livest and reignest for ever and ever. Amen.

Agimus tibi gratias, omnipotens Deus,
pro universis beneficiis tuis,
qui vivis et regnas in saecula saeculorum. Amen.

I think I'll be producing another podcast soon with these prayers -- and maybe some other traditional ones -- spoken in and chanted in Latin.


mfranks said...


Do you have all these prayers in PDF or Word .Doc format?

Ante Mensae
Ante Prandium Addis
Ante Cenam Addis
Post Mensae

It would be nice if they were in one file. But I'll settle for multiple. Beggars can't be... :-)

I would like to use them for my personal prayer. I have memorized the Ante Mensae and have been saying it before every meal for over a year now.

You have inspired me with the chant to sing it now and add the others.

Thank you,


If you wouldn't mind, you could email them to me at mfranks at msn dot com.

Benedicas semper sit Deus!

japhy said...

I'll produce a MS Word document (as well as a PDF) with the prayers and post it and email you as well.

Glad to be of service.