The following links provide
access to short thanksgiving prayers at a meal giving thanks, or
asking a blessing, before or after dinner.
We have clarified the meanings of the different terms or words to
describe saying short prayers at meal timers - whether they are
Thanksgiving Prayers, Dinner Blessings or Saying Grace.
- Saying Grace
Saying grace, applying to prayers
said before or after meals, derives from the Latin words 'gratia'
meaning thanks or 'gratus' meaning grateful.
The word blessings, applying to
prayers said before or after dinner, relates to the verbal
blessing of food pronounced in God's name by a member of the family
at mealtimes. The word bless is derived from the Greek / Latin word
'benediction' meaning praise. The Spanish, the word bendito
literally means "to say good things or good words".
Prayers and Dinner Blessings
A simple definition meaning a short
prayer expressing gratitude - literally giving thanks for food on a
daily basis. Prayers relating to Thanksgiving Day can be accessed by