Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Grace Before and After Meal During Easter Time

The traditional Catholic Prayers Before and After Meal have been forgotten by many Catholics. The prayer before meal is commonly replaced with a lengthy self-created prayer and the prayer after meal is completely forgotten. Once, I overheard a conversation between a mum and a son at the Gaya Street Bazaar - the son while looking at a frame for Prayers Before and After Meal, was surprise at seeing the Prayer after Meal - he said it's never been prayed before in all his life as a Catholic so he didn't even know the existence of such prayer. The poor boy is probably about 16 – 18 year-old. One of the basic duties of Catholic parents is to teach their children the basic daily Catholic prayers. If even this is neglected, I dare not even imagine what the future will be like for the coming generation.


One of the traditions of the Roman Catholic Church during Easter time, starting from Easter Sunday until the next Easter Saturday, is to substitute the grace before and after meal with this prayer:

This is the day that the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad, Alleluia!
Glory be to the Father....
This is the day that the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad, Alleluia!

There is no 'Amen' at the end.

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