Monday, December 20, 2010

Catechism of the Day

How the Head of the Family
Should Teach His Household
To Ask a Blessing and Return Thanks

Asking a Blessing

The children and members of the household
shall go to the table reverently,
fold their hands, and say:

The eyes of all wait upon Thee, O Lord,
and Thou givest them their meat in due season;
Thou openest Thine hand and fillest all things living with plenteousness.

Note: To fill all things living with plenteousness means that
all living things receive so much to eat that they are on this
account joyful and of good cheer,
for care and avarice hinder such satisfaction.

Then shall be said the Lord’s Prayer and the following:

Lord God, Heavenly Father,
bless us and these Thy gifts which we receive
from Thy bountiful goodness,
through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

Quo Pacto Patresfamilias Suam Familiam
Benedictionem Mensae et Gratiarum
Actionem Simplicissime Docere Debeant

Benedictio Mensae

Pueri una cum familia debent complicatis manibus,
modestiam prae se ferentes,
ad mensam accedere et sic orare:

Oculi omnium in te sperant, Domine,
et tu das escam illorum in tempore opportuno.
Aperis tu manum tuam et imples omne animal benedictione.

Scholion: Benedictio hic significat largam distributionem Dei,
qui omnibus animantibus tantum cibi, suppeditat,
ut inde hilariter et iucunde vivere possint.
Hanc benedictionem et laetitiam ac acquiescentiam
impediunt sollicitudo prohibita, cura, avaritia, tenacitas.

Deinde addant Orationem Dominicam cum oratione sequenti:

Benedic, Domine,
nos et haec tua dona
quae de tua largitate sumus sumpturi.
Per Christum Dominum nostrum. Amen.

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