A New Old Grace

“Almighty Master, You created all things for your name’s sake, and gave food and drink to men to enjoy, so that they might give you thanks. To you be the glory forever.

Above all we we give thanks that you have graciously given us spiritual food and drink and eternal life through your Servant Jesus. Yours be the power and glory forever.

May grace come, and may this world pass away. Marantha! Amen.”

This is in fact but a slight condensation and reworking of one of the prayers in the Didache, section 10, from Michael Holmes’ Apostolic Fathers, Third Edition. But that makes the original one of the oldest Christian prayers we know. Using it, and variations of it, lately, makes me feel more in touch with the long line of Christians blessing their meals before me.

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