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Table Prayers

Discussion in 'Off-Topic' started by Swedishguy, Aug 21, 2007.

  1. Swedishguy

    Swedishguy Deity

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    Hey, how are you people cross the ocean doing at the dinner table? For me, table prayers are a weird concept that pops up time to time while I'm watching TV (I don't watch TV so often). I have never experienced a table prayer nor do I now how it works.

    So, what is it? How frequent is it?
     
  2. Rhymes

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    Well in Quebec it happens as often as CG scores with a girl.

    I've never whitnessed one :D
     
  3. Eran of Arcadia

    Eran of Arcadia Stormin' Mormon Retired Moderator

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    Most meals I eat are preceded by a prayer. Of course, most of the meals I eat are alone, and those that aren't tend to be either with my family or with members of my church.
     
  4. Atlas14

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    During Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter dinners, we say a prayer.

    We all close our eyes, lower our heads, and then my sister will say the prayer. Then we all say "Amen", then dig in.
     
  5. MayNilad Man

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    I do it every mealtime.
    It's a formula prayer actually, Grace before meals, I think it's called.
     
  6. The Last Conformist

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    FYI, table prayer was a daily ritual of my childhood here in Sweden. We'd :religion: our hands and say a brief prayer in unison.
     
  7. Ecofarm

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    Respect your food and give thanks, you ingrates. Further, the only respectable holiday activity is fasting (save me your presents, cards, and obligatory happiness).
     
  8. Swedishguy

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    That's why I say "thanks for the food" every time I leave the table.
     
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    We used to bow our heads and have a moment to thank the lord in silence. Dad would tell us when to dig in. Allthough I was an atheist at the time, I simply shut up for a couple of seconds.

    My prayer usually was: "come on, get on with it, come on, that beef looks yummy."
    "Amen"
    "Charge!!!"
     
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    We (my family) always give thanks for the food before we eat a meal, something I intend to continue. I think it is commonly referred to as "saying grace", or something like that.
     
  11. Ecofarm

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    If that's the best you can do. We can't blame you for being unsophisticated. At least you understand the idea.
     
  12. Swedishguy

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    "Secular", not "unsophisticated".

    Or is it "practical". Or maybe "unsuperstitious"?
     
  13. MayNilad Man

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    *ahem*
    I take rancor at being called superstitious!
     
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    Why should I? It's not like the people who grew, transported, or processed it are within hearshot.
     
  15. Eran of Arcadia

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    I don't think they hear too well anymore.
     
  17. Ecofarm

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    It is after assessing the "acceptability" of the sibsistence. To give thanks ex-post-facto... it is rather self-centered. To be self-centered is unsophisticated.

    If you had some social connection in respect to your sustenance , would you say: "glad to have good stuff" with those partaking? Try CSA. The distance from our food, in America, causes considerable economic, social, and ecologic disorder. Some would add spiritual to the "triad of assessment".
     
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    I will respect Grace wherever they say it. It's merely polite to stop eating when the people with you want to say Grace. And if we're waiting for the hosts to start eating, then they'll say Grace before I start eating
     
  19. Atlas14

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    :lol: :lol: :lol: If you're really that concerned about being "sophisticated" when you eat your meal, you probably have some insecurity issues.

    Giving thanks after the meal shows you like what you were served.
     
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    Does groping the waitress and saying "Thanks, darlin'" count?
     

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