Friday, March 31, 2017

Table Graces

Earth who gave to us this food
Sun who made it ripe and good
Dear Earth, dear Sun
By you we live
To you our loving thanks we give.

-Christian Morgenstern


The plant seeds are quickened in the night of the Earth,
The green herbs are sprouting through the might of the Air,
And all fruits are ripened by the power of the Sun.

So quickens the soul in the shrine of the Heart,
So blossoms Spirit-power in the light of the World,
So ripens Man's strength in the glory of God.

-Rudolf Steiner


The bread alone is not our food.
What feeds us in the bread
Is God's eternal Word,
Is Spirit and is Life.
Another version:

Bread does not nourish thee,
What feedeth thee in bread
Is God's eternal Word,
His Spirit and His life.

-Angelus Silesius


That which we do take for ourselves, unto ourselves,
That which does sustain us:
Be it filled with the fire from the Twelve,
And so divinely imbued,
That we may tolerate life, and life shall tolerate us.



Some Camphill prayers:

Sun, Earth and air,
Have wrought by God's care
That the plants may live and bear.
Praising God for this food
In Truth live we would,
Bearing Beauty and Good.

The bread from corn,
The corn from light,
The light from the countenance of God.
From the glory of God
May the fruits of the earth
Bring light into being
Within our hearts.


For the food we have, we give thanks,
And ask for those who have not
The Grace of Your Love
And the favour of Your Bounty


Earth who has given all this to us,
Sun who has ripened all this for us,
O earth so dear, O Sun so dear,
We never shall forget you here.

The Peace of Christ - Be upon each thing
Our eye takes in -
Upon each thing
Our mouth takes in
Upon our body which is of earth
Upon our Spirit which is of God.

1 comment:

888 said...

Why have the Initiates of all ages urged people to say grace before eating? The grace should be a token of the recognition that, together with the food, something spiritual enters into man.
-Rudolf Steiner