The Practice of Table Graces

Friday, 29 Aug 2014

Before they ate, Faramir and his men turned and faced west in a moment of silence. Faramir signed to Frodo and Sam that they should do likewise. "So we always do," he said, as they sat down, "we look towards Númenor that was, and beyond to Elvenhome that is, and to that which is beyond Elvenhome and will ever be. Have you no such custom at meat?"'J. R. R. Tolkien, The Two Towers: being the second part of The Lord of the Rings
It has been said that the practice of prayers at mealtimes is what separates men from animals’instead of attacking our food and tearing into it as though it could be taken away from us at any moment, humans make a point to acknowledge their Creator and Sustainer in gratitude for his provision for their physical needs. When we come to any meal (whether with our families, our friends, or ourselves alone), we come with the understanding that we eat as dependent creatures, relying on the care of our Father for the rain ...

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