Monday, 11 February 2013

Latin prayer of the week: grace before meals

Someone sent me a list of suggestions for Lent offline, and one of them was saying grace before meals as a family if you don't already.

It sounded like a good thought to me, so I was surprised to find that the Compendium of the Catechism doesn't actually include a possible prayer for this purpose in its list of common prayers in English and Latin!

A simple grace

Fortunately, there are a few recordings of at least a simple grace prayer available online, so let's go with the simplest and most commonly used:

In nomine Patris, et Filii, et Spiritus Sancti.
Benedic, Domine, nos et haec tua dona
quae de tua largitate sumus sumpturi
per Christum Dominum nostrum. Amen.

It is helpfully parsed out on this website with a recording of the grace said and sung in Latin as follows:

In nomine Patris,  et  Filii, et   Spiritus Sancti.
in name  of-Father and of-Son and of-Spirit Holy

Benedic,  Domine,  nos  et  haec   tua   dona
Bless     Lord     us   and these  Your  gifts

quae    de   tua   largitate  sumus  sumpturi
which  from  Your  bounty     we-are about-to-receive

per    Christum  Dominum  nostrum.  Amen.
through  Christ    Lord       our     Amen

The website also includes a grace after meals.

You can also find a PDF of the chant put together by Hugh Henry of Melbourne here, but alas the link to the accompanying sound file appears to be dead.

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