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What are appropriate dinner table prayers for the holidays?

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One example of a traditional Christian table prayer that is appropriate for the holidays is "For food that stays our hunger, For rest that brings us ease, For homes where memories linger, We give our thanks for these." Another one is "Lord, make us truly thankful for these and all other blessings. I ask this in Jesus Christ's name, Amen." These prayers are fitting for Thanksgiving and Christmas as well as everyday dinner.

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Table prayers are usually referred to as "saying grace." Ralph Waldo Emerson also wrote a poem "Thanksgiving" that expresses thanks and may be used as a grace before holiday dinners.

Table prayers may be simplified if many children are present. One example of a simple table prayer for children is "Come, Lord Jesus, be our Guest and let Thy gifts to us be blessed. Amen." Prayers that contain rhymes are easier for children to memorize.

Catholics also have a traditional grace used before and after dinner. The before dinner part is "Bless us, O Lord! And these Thy gifts, which we are about to receive from Thy bounty, through Christ our Lord. Amen." The after dinner part is "We give Thee thanks for all Thy benefits, O Almighty God, who livest and reignest world without end. Amen."

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