Grace before Meat

THE old custom of saying grace before and after meat, which used to be almost universal among English-speaking peoples, has very largely disappeared during the last fifty years, and is now seldom followed except at ceremonial banquets, which are sometimes opened by a brief Benedictus Benedicat (may the Blessed One bless) from the president, or in certain religious houses, where long Latin graces are still in order. And yet, like many another religious custom which has lost its hold on the general thought, this one of saying grace befare meat had its origin in a great truth.

One of the many interesting points in the study of Christian Science is the discovery of the spiritual facts which underlie so many of the forms and ceremonies to which we were accustomed in our childhood, which we never fully understood, and which therefore meant practically nothing to us. Through the light which Christian Science throws not only upon the Scriptures, but upon experience, we find the spiritual facts emerging from a mass of superstition or formality under which they have buried through the material interpretation of the Scriptures, and we see how our common life has been robbed of much that should beautify and sanctify it.

Without Age
March 21, 1925

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