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What are some tips for saying grace at a formal dinner?

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Grace is delivered before a meal is served but after other guests have been seated. Typically, the prayer is delivered before anything on the table has been touched, including the napkin. However, in certain religions, the blessing is delivered while the guests stand behind their chairs.

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As the prayer is delivered, those present bow their heads to show reverence. Grace is usually delivered by the dinner host, although he alone has the choice whether or not to delegate this responsibility. If the dinner is business related and the religions of the other guests are not known, offering a prayer without asking the guests is considered poor etiquette.

If you are a guest, you may join in if the prayer is commonly known or remain respectfully silent. Always join in a toast if it is offered in place of a prayer. Conclude the prayer by saying "amen."

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