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Grace Before and After Meals

Giving thanks to God for our food is a common Catholic tradition. Ever wonder why do Catholics do it? Let’s discuss!

Why Should You Say Grace Before Meals

Saying grace before and after meals has been a longstanding Catholic tradition deeply rooted in the faith and practice. The act of saying grace serves as a way to express gratitude and acknowledge the abundance they have been blessed with from God. Saying grace before and after meals is not only a moment of thanksgiving but also a reminder of the importance of humility and mindfulness in daily life. Additionally, saying grace fosters a sense of community and togetherness, especially when done in a group setting with friends, and family. It serves as a unifying practice that brings people together, allowing them to share in the act of gratitude and appreciation for the food to be or have been enjoyed.

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Grace Before Meals

Bless us, O Lord, and these Thy gifts which we are about to receive from Thy bounty, through Christ our Lord.


Grace After Meals

We give Thee thanks for all your benefits, O Almighty God, Who lives and reigns forever;

and may the souls of the faithful departed,
through the mercy of God,
rest in peace.