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Grace at Meals
Grace Before Meals • Prayer at Meals
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The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Grace At Meals
GRACE AT MEALS. Among the Jews, it was apparently customary at meals to give thanks over the bread, representing all the food, and over the wine, representing all the drink. This, says Edersheim, was because Psalm 24:1 states. “The earth is the Lord’s and the fulness thereof.” Christians carried this
The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church
Grace at Meals
Grace at Meals (in earlier English, Graces). The custom of giving thanks before and after food is natural and not exclusively Christian. It was followed by Christ (Jn. 6:11) and the Apostles (e.g. Acts 27:35). In religious houses, and later in schools and colleges, fixed forms were provided, and are
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
Grace at Meals
GRACE AT MEALS. A short prayer at mealtime, returning thanks to God for food provided and asking the divine blessing upon it. The propriety of such an act is evident from the injunction (Rom. 14:6; 1 Cor. 10:31; 1 Tim. 4:4) and from the example of our Lord (Mark 8:6–7; Luke 24:30). Among the Jews “grace”
A Catholic Dictionary
Grace at Meals
grace at meals. In this expression “grace” represents the Latin gratiœ, thanks (see Matt. 15:36; Mark 8:6; John 6:11); but it also covers the notion of benedictio, blessing (Matt. 14:19; Mark 6:41; Luke 9:16); hence the Italian equivalent to “saying grace,” is “benedire la tavola.” In the passages above
Key passages
Jn 6:11

Then Jesus took the bread, and after he had given thanks, he distributed it to those who were reclining—likewise also of the fish, as much as they wanted.

Ac 27:35

And after he said these things and took bread, he gave thanks to God in front of them all, and after breaking it, he began to eat.

1 Co 11:24

and after he had given thanks, he broke it and said, “This is my body which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.”

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