Thanksgiving Prayers and saying grace at meals. They are all
different names for prayers expressing gratitude for the food
that we eat. Dinner Blessings are short prayers of thanks which
can be said before, or after a meal. These online, free words to Dinner Blessings can be printed and used to
create a personalised Prayer book.
The following links provide
access to short thanksgiving prayers at a meal giving thanks, or
asking a blessing, before or after dinner.
Blessings for Meals
We have clarified the meanings of the different terms or words
to describe saying short prayers at meal times - 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'
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.