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SECULAR GRACES pinched from the NSS Newslines

From Vic Botterill

Pre-meal incantation before eating: Rubba dub dub, Thanks for the grub!

From Robert Stovold:

Bart Simpson’s fine example: “Dear God, we paid for all this stuff ourselves, so thanks for nothing!”

From Reginald Le Sueur

To the Farmers and Growers,
To the Butchers and Bakers,
To the Cooks and the Caterers ;
--we give thanks for this meal.

From BHA website:

“Let us think thrice while we are gathering here for this meal. First, let us think of the people we are with today, and make the most of the pleasure of sharing food and drink together. Then, let us think of the people who made the food and drink and brought it to us, who serve us and wait on us, and who clear up and clean up after us. Finally, let us think of all the people all over the world, members with us in the human family, who will not have a meal today.”

(Nicolas Walter)

“Good food, good meat, Sit down, let’s eat”.

(Myron Morris)

“We thank those who produced it,
And those who transported it.
We thank those who prepared it,
And those who serve it.
Let us now sit down and enjoy it”.

(Ralph Ison)

Our greatest gratitude is that we have none to thank for the food on our table except those who by their skill and labour have brought it to be harvested and prepared for us, and whose forebears taught us to harness the good things of the earth for our nourishment and enjoyment. Let us therefore set to with pleasure to eat and drink with a lively spriit, while in amity and affection we engage in the weighty task of light-hearted and scandalous discourse.

(Bobby Mill)

“Now good digestion wait on appetite, and health on both.”

(Shakespeare, Macbeth , III, 4)

“Good company, good wine, good welcome can make good people.”

(Shakespeare, Henry VII)

“For what we are about to receive, let us be thankful and ever mindful of those less fortunate than ourselves”.

(David Read)

“With what we are about to receive, may we be ever mindful of the needs of others”.

(Alan Stuart)

Bon appetit!

(Brian Farrington)