Graces from the Reign of Queen Elizabeth I

Grace before supper
O Lord Jesus Christ,
without you nothing is sweet nor pleasant.
Bless us and our supper
and cheer our hearts with your blessed presence,
that in all our eating and drinking
we may taste and see that you are good,
to your honor and glory.
Amen.

Grace after supper
Blessed is God in all his gifts,
and holy in all his works.

Our help is in the name of the Lord
the maker of heaven and earth

Blessed be the name of the Lord
now and forever.

Most mighty Lord and merciful Father
we give you thanks
for our bodily sustenance
entirely from your gracious goodness.
Feed us with the food of your heavenly grace
that we may worthily glorify your holy name in this life
after be partakers of the life everlasting,
through our Lord Jesus Christ,
Amen.

Source: Private Prayers, p. 18

Original in traditional English:

Grace before supper.

O Lord Jesu Christ, without whom nothing is sweet nor savoury, we beseech thee to bless us and our supper, and with thy blessed presence to cheer our hearts, that in all our meats and drinks, we may savour and taste of thee, to thy honour and glory. Amen .

Grace after supper.

Blessed is God in all his gifts: and holy in all his works.

Our help is in the name of the Lord, who hath made both heaven and yearth.

Blessed be the name of the Lord: From henceforth world without end.

Most mighty Lord and merciful Father, we yield thee hearty thanks for our bodily sustenance, requiring most entirely thy gracious goodness, so to feed us with the food of thy heavenly grace, that we may worthily glorify thy holy name in this life, and after be partakers of the life everlasting ,through our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

God save our Queen and Realm, and send us peace in Christ. Amen.

Parts of these prayers are taken from Latin originals:

Benedictus est Deus in donis suis. Response: Et sanctus in omnibus operibus suis.

Adjutorium nostrum in nomine Domini est. Response: Qui fecit coelum et terras.

Sit nomen Dei benedictum. Response: Ab hoc tempore usque ad saecula.

https://balliolarchivist.wordpress.com/2013/01/12/college-grace-prayers/

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Lutheran pastor serving St. Stephen's in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin.

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