collapse
2017 Donation Drive -- Please Help Keep TC Online

It's time for our annual Server Donation Drive! We need to raise just over $850 to keep The Cauldron's server online for another year. Please help! Either hit that Paypal button to the right and make a one-time donation in any amount or set up a monthly Bronze, Silver or Gold Donor subscription. You can find more info in this message!

Donations as of 16 October: Only $147 more (after Paypal fees) needed to reach our goal! Please donate if you can.


* "Unable to verify referring url. Please go back and try again" Problem Logging In?

If you get an "Unable to verify referring url. Please go back and try again" error when you try to log in, you need to be sure you are accessing the board with a url that starts with "https://ecauldron.com".  If it starts with https://www.ecauldron.com" (or "http://www.ecauldron.com") you will get this error because "www.ecauldron.com" is not technically the same website as "ecauldron.com". Moving to the more secure "https" means it is more picky about such things.

Author Topic: Meal Blessings/Prayers  (Read 9651 times)

MysticRayne

  • Sr. Newbie
  • **
  • Join Date: Jul 2011
  • Posts: 13
  • Attack: 100
    Defense: 100
    Attack Member
  • Total likes: 0
    • View Profile
Meal Blessings/Prayers
« on: July 25, 2011, 01:27:50 pm »
So, I've been thinking on it for awhile and I'd really like to start saying a short blessing/prayer before each meal.  The problem is, I can't seem to figure out what exactly to say so I was curious as to what others say/do at mealtime.   For one, I'm not sure who/what exactly to address with it.  The universe, one or both of my Patrons, a different deity from my Pantheon, the food itself(i.e. the animals/plants themselves)? I'm just not sure and I could sure use some ideas.  I've done a google search for Pagan meal blessings but that search yielded mostly Wiccan blessings which isn't altogether helpful since I'm not Wiccan.  Anyone care to share what you say/do at mealtime?
"Sometimes you need the rain in order to appreciate the sun." - Me

victoreia

  • Sr. Master Member
  • *******
  • Join Date: Jul 2011
  • Location: Honolulu, HI
  • Posts: 794
  • Attack: 100
    Defense: 100
    Attack Member
  • Country: us
  • Total likes: 0
    • View Profile
  • Religion: disorganized something
  • Preferred Pronouns: she/her
Re: Meal Blessings/Prayers
« Reply #1 on: July 25, 2011, 10:24:43 pm »
Quote from: MysticRayne;8032
So, I've been thinking on it for awhile and I'd really like to start saying a short blessing/prayer before each meal.  The problem is, I can't seem to figure out what exactly to say so I was curious as to what others say/do at mealtime.   For one, I'm not sure who/what exactly to address with it.  The universe, one or both of my Patrons, a different deity from my Pantheon, the food itself(i.e. the animals/plants themselves)? I'm just not sure and I could sure use some ideas.  I've done a google search for Pagan meal blessings but that search yielded mostly Wiccan blessings which isn't altogether helpful since I'm not Wiccan.  Anyone care to share what you say/do at mealtime?

 
Well, I don't normally say anything. If extended family members insist that I say the prayer at a holiday gathering, I usually say something flippant. (Generally along the lines of "Yub-a-dub-dub, thanks for the grub, Yay God!") But that's because I'm (in my mother's words) a smart-ass.

Sorry, I know that's not very helpful. I feel, though, a similar "thank you for this meal" would probably work.
Do. Or do not. There is no try.  --Yoda, The Empire Strikes Back

We are star stuff. We are the universe, made manifest. --Ambassador Delenn, Babylon 5

Lykaios

Re: Meal Blessings/Prayers
« Reply #2 on: July 26, 2011, 12:25:05 am »
Quote from: MysticRayne;8032
 Anyone care to share what you say/do at mealtime?

 
I've taken to blowing on my food if I decide it's good enough to offer; ie. when I have actual quality food in front of me, like fresh ripe fruit, newly baked bread, etc... I don't typically offer things like Cheetos. When I blow on my food, I am focusing on the energy in it, blowing a bit off and using my intention and breath to send it into the unseen for the gods and/or spirits to have. I should mention that this is a mindful practice and not something I just "do", I really do have to concentrate to do it properly otherwise the breath goes empty and just kind of fizzles. Sometimes I direct who it's for with my intention, sometimes I don't. I also sometimes do this in the context of ritual as well, where I may accompany the gift of that energy with spoken words if the mood strikes me.
Known elsewhere as Aeshna and/or Iakhu-Itui (Iakhu)
Religious Blog: Chaos Gilded Gold

caelestisraven

Re: Meal Blessings/Prayers
« Reply #3 on: July 26, 2011, 11:06:48 am »
Quote from: MysticRayne;8032
So, I've been thinking on it for awhile and I'd really like to start saying a short blessing/prayer before each meal.  The problem is, I can't seem to figure out what exactly to say so I was curious as to what others say/do at mealtime.   For one, I'm not sure who/what exactly to address with it.  The universe, one or both of my Patrons, a different deity from my Pantheon, the food itself(i.e. the animals/plants themselves)? I'm just not sure and I could sure use some ideas.  I've done a google search for Pagan meal blessings but that search yielded mostly Wiccan blessings which isn't altogether helpful since I'm not Wiccan.  Anyone care to share what you say/do at mealtime?

 
I just say a short prayer something like-

Goddess thank you for this food. May it be blessed to nourish me inside and out. May I always keep in mind the sacrifices of the earth so that I may take in this sustenance. May that which I take be returned three fold. In thanks & love Blessed Be.

Just something for me to take a moment and be thankful that I have food to eat and to remember where it came from.

I don't think the words really matter as long as the intent is there. idk what path you follow, I am not Wiccan either but usually if I get stuck on trying to write something I will just find something I like and change it up a bit to fit me lol
♥ I walk in the shadow of the moon, I dance to the pulse of the earth. ♥

My Blog..¤°.¸¸.•´¯`»http://moonkissedraven.blogspot.com/ ›●‹

Waterfall

  • Sr. Apprentice
  • ****
  • Join Date: Jul 2011
  • Posts: 99
  • Attack: 100
    Defense: 100
    Attack Member
  • Total likes: 1
    • View Profile
Re: Meal Blessings/Prayers
« Reply #4 on: July 26, 2011, 06:04:32 pm »
Quote from: MysticRayne;8032
So, I've been thinking on it for awhile and I'd really like to start saying a short blessing/prayer before each meal.  The problem is, I can't seem to figure out what exactly to say so I was curious as to what others say/do at mealtime.   For one, I'm not sure who/what exactly to address with it.  The universe, one or both of my Patrons, a different deity from my Pantheon, the food itself(i.e. the animals/plants themselves)? I'm just not sure and I could sure use some ideas.  I've done a google search for Pagan meal blessings but that search yielded mostly Wiccan blessings which isn't altogether helpful since I'm not Wiccan.  Anyone care to share what you say/do at mealtime?

 
I usually just thank the people who work at Chipotle. Or whoever made the food. My Christian friends always want to pray before meals, so when it's my turn, that's what they get. Either that or I'll say some random song lyrics and call it a blessing.

MysticRayne

  • Sr. Newbie
  • **
  • Join Date: Jul 2011
  • Posts: 13
  • Attack: 100
    Defense: 100
    Attack Member
  • Total likes: 0
    • View Profile
Re: Meal Blessings/Prayers
« Reply #5 on: July 26, 2011, 11:48:18 pm »
Quote from: caelestisraven;8344
I just say a short prayer something like-

Just something for me to take a moment and be thankful that I have food to eat and to remember where it came from.

 
This is exactly why I've been thinking of incorporating a mealtime blessing/prayer into my daily routine.   As far as my path, I'm Heathen.  I honor the Norse deities (most specifically Thor and Freya), my ancestors and the wights.  I was thinking maybe trying to figure out a way to word a meal blessing/prayer that gave thanks to the plants and/or animals making up my food as well as the farmers who grew it and all the people involved in getting it on my table.  I think that's for the most part what I've got in mind, but I was curious as to what others did, if anything.
"Sometimes you need the rain in order to appreciate the sun." - Me

acidrica

Re: Meal Blessings/Prayers
« Reply #6 on: July 27, 2011, 03:23:46 pm »
Quote from: Waterfall;8472
I usually just thank the people who work at Chipotle. Or whoever made the food. My Christian friends always want to pray before meals, so when it's my turn, that's what they get. Either that or I'll say some random song lyrics and call it a blessing.


As a side note: I love Chipotle!

Back on topic: I usually just bow my head and mutter 'Dua Yinepu' under my breath. I'll then set aside my food for a short amount of time as a way to offer some of it to my deities. It may not sound like much, but I -love- food, so waiting for me is a big deal, and it's a gesture I hope they appreciate.

Devo

  • Master Member
  • ******
  • Join Date: Jul 2011
  • Posts: 346
  • Attack: 100
    Defense: 100
    Attack Member
  • Total likes: 0
    • View Profile
    • http://seshemherkekew.livejournal.com
Re: Meal Blessings/Prayers
« Reply #7 on: July 27, 2011, 04:09:40 pm »
Quote from: MysticRayne;8032
So, I've been thinking on it for awhile and I'd really like to start saying a short blessing/prayer before each meal.  The problem is, I can't seem to figure out what exactly to say so I was curious as to what others say/do at mealtime.   For one, I'm not sure who/what exactly to address with it.  The universe, one or both of my Patrons, a different deity from my Pantheon, the food itself(i.e. the animals/plants themselves)? I'm just not sure and I could sure use some ideas.  I've done a google search for Pagan meal blessings but that search yielded mostly Wiccan blessings which isn't altogether helpful since I'm not Wiccan.  Anyone care to share what you say/do at mealtime?

 
Usually, it's either "Thank you for giving up your life so that I can continue to live. I will honor your sacrifice by becoming more than I am and living life to the fullest" or "Itadakimasu" which is a Japanese thing, basically thanking everything and everyone that gave it's time or life into the meal- from the plants and animals to the person who made the meal. I think it loosely translates into "I humbly accept this offering".

-Devo
dA | FB | LJ | WP

SatAset

Re: Meal Blessings/Prayers
« Reply #8 on: July 28, 2011, 10:43:29 am »
Quote from: MysticRayne;8032
 Anyone care to share what you say/do at mealtime?


Here is a Kemetic prayer to be said at meals or just offering to the gods which was found here: http://kemet.org/letters/shomu0100.html.  

       In Kemetic:
      hotep Netjer em shabu en imenti her iabi
      (ho-TEP net-JUR em shaBU en ih-MENTI hair ya-BI)

      Or, in English:
      May Netjer be satisfied with the repast to the right and to the left.
I am the Goddess of Who I can Become. I mix the magic of the sorceress with the blade of a warrior. I walk the liminal pathways to see the face of the Goddess, both terrible and kind. As She stares back at me, I tremble in awe and ecstasy.  --SatAset

Lokabrenna

  • Sr. Master Member
  • *******
  • Join Date: Jul 2011
  • Posts: 829
  • Attack: 100
    Defense: 100
    Attack Member
  • Total likes: 1
    • View Profile
Re: Meal Blessings/Prayers
« Reply #9 on: July 28, 2011, 12:03:34 pm »
Quote from: MysticRayne;8560
This is exactly why I've been thinking of incorporating a mealtime blessing/prayer into my daily routine.   As far as my path, I'm Heathen.  I honor the Norse deities (most specifically Thor and Freya), my ancestors and the wights.  I was thinking maybe trying to figure out a way to word a meal blessing/prayer that gave thanks to the plants and/or animals making up my food as well as the farmers who grew it and all the people involved in getting it on my table.  I think that's for the most part what I've got in mind, but I was curious as to what others did, if anything.

 
I don't know if this helps, but Sigrun Freyskona (AKA Svartesol) includes a Vanir Meal Blessing prayer in Northern Tradition for the Solitary Practitioner:

"For this food we are eating,
we give thanks to the Vanir of Earth and Sea.
We bless the places it came from.
We bless the spirits of the beings it came from.
We bless those who made this food,
and we bless those who share it with us.
May this food nourish our bodies
as well as our hearts." (pp. 96-7)

She also traces the Ing rune over the food before she eats.

You could easily replace "the Vanir" with "the gods" and the prayer would still make sense. You could also omit the line about sharing the food if you happen to be eating alone. I think it has all the elements you're looking for: acknowledging the gods, the animals and the plants, the people who made the food (which, I assume, would include all the people who were involved in its production).

I don't know if that helps at all.

MysticRayne

  • Sr. Newbie
  • **
  • Join Date: Jul 2011
  • Posts: 13
  • Attack: 100
    Defense: 100
    Attack Member
  • Total likes: 0
    • View Profile
Re: Meal Blessings/Prayers
« Reply #10 on: July 28, 2011, 02:03:50 pm »
Quote from: Devo;8728
"Thank you for giving up your life so that I can continue to live. I will honor your sacrifice by becoming more than I am and living life to the fullest"


This is beautiful, thanks for sharing.  :)
"Sometimes you need the rain in order to appreciate the sun." - Me

MysticRayne

  • Sr. Newbie
  • **
  • Join Date: Jul 2011
  • Posts: 13
  • Attack: 100
    Defense: 100
    Attack Member
  • Total likes: 0
    • View Profile
Re: Meal Blessings/Prayers
« Reply #11 on: July 28, 2011, 02:15:34 pm »
Quote from: Lokabrenna;8953
I don't know if this helps, but Sigrun Freyskona (AKA Svartesol) includes a Vanir Meal Blessing prayer in Northern Tradition for the Solitary Practitioner:


Ooo...I think with a couple tweaks that prayer could be just about perfect.  Thanks for sharing, it's almost exactly what I was looking for!
"Sometimes you need the rain in order to appreciate the sun." - Me

Annan

  • Sr. Newbie
  • **
  • Join Date: Aug 2011
  • Posts: 16
  • Attack: 100
    Defense: 100
    Attack Member
  • Total likes: 0
    • View Profile
Re: Meal Blessings/Prayers
« Reply #12 on: August 22, 2011, 02:57:40 pm »
Quote from: Devo;8728
Usually, it's either "Thank you for giving up your life so that I can continue to live. I will honor your sacrifice by becoming more than I am and living life to the fullest" or "Itadakimasu" which is a Japanese thing, basically thanking everything and everyone that gave it's time or life into the meal- from the plants and animals to the person who made the meal. I think it loosely translates into "I humbly accept this offering".


That's beautiful, Devo.

I most often don't give thanks for meals.  Mostly because I don't remember to.  Perhaps after today I will be more vigilant to do so.  

When I do offer thanks for sustanences, it's usually at holiday meals like Thanksgiving.  I try to include all that had a hand in my partaking of the meal and bounty.
No price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself.  ~ Nietzsche

True happiness is fidelity to a working purpose.  ~ Helen Keller

Micheál

  • Sr. Master Member
  • *******
  • Join Date: Jul 2011
  • Location: Belfast, N. Ireland
  • Posts: 552
  • Attack: 100
    Defense: 100
    Attack Member
  • Country: ie
  • Total likes: 4
    • View Profile
    • Gall-Ghael
  • Religion: Alexandrian Wicca, Gaelic Polytheism
Re: Meal Blessings/Prayers
« Reply #13 on: August 22, 2011, 04:35:36 pm »
Quote from: MysticRayne;8032
 Anyone care to share what you say/do at mealtime?

Thelema's Will ritual.

(Knocks or claps)*** ***** ***
Do what thou Wilt shall be the whole of the Law.
It is my Will to eat and drink.
That I might fortify my body thereby.
That I might accomplish the Great Work.
Love is the Law, Love under Will.


*** ***** ***
Semper Fidelis

Zeno

  • Apprentice
  • ***
  • Join Date: Jul 2011
  • Posts: 47
  • Attack: 100
    Defense: 100
    Attack Member
  • Total likes: 0
    • View Profile
Re: Meal Blessings/Prayers
« Reply #14 on: August 23, 2011, 02:01:56 am »
Quote from: SatAset;8942
Here is a Kemetic prayer to be said at meals or just offering to the gods which was found here: http://kemet.org/letters/shomu0100.html.  

       In Kemetic:
      hotep Netjer em shabu en imenti her iabi
      (ho-TEP net-JUR em shaBU en ih-MENTI hair ya-BI)

      Or, in English:
      May Netjer be satisfied with the repast to the right and to the left.


That's really beautiful, thank you for that!

Anyway, a meals I usually keep my prayers of thanks short. The Gods gave you that food your eating, it would make sense they want you to enjoy it warm!

Tags:
 

Related Topics

  Subject / Started by Replies Last post
5 Replies
661 Views
Last post November 09, 2011, 06:53:17 am
by HeartShadow
5 Replies
634 Views
Last post February 29, 2012, 10:32:21 am
by HeartShadow
5 Replies
379 Views
Last post May 27, 2016, 01:15:39 am
by littleheathen
3 Replies
325 Views
Last post October 21, 2016, 06:04:43 pm
by Morag
5 Replies
292 Views
Last post April 19, 2017, 01:12:33 am
by NightSpook

* Members in Chat

0 members chatting in CauldronMUX:
Updated every five minutes or so

* Who's Online

  • Dot Guests: 12
  • Dot Hidden: 0
  • Dot Users: 3
  • Dot Users Online:

* Please Donate!

The Cauldron's server is expensive and requires monthly payments. Please become a Bronze, Silver or Gold Donor if you can. Donations are needed every month. Without member support, we can't afford the server.

* In Memoriam

Chavi (2006)
Elspeth (2010)
Marilyn (2013)

* Cauldron Staff

Co-Hosts:
LyricFox & Randall

Message Board Staff
Board Coordinator:
Sunflower

Assistant Board Coordinator:
Aster Breo

Board Staff:
Allaya, Chatelaine, Emma-Eldritch, HarpingHawke, Jenett, Morag, rocquelaire, Sefiru, Tana

CauldronMUX Chat Staff
Chief MUX Wizard:
Darkhawk

Reserve Staff:
Aisling, Bob, Catja, Fausta, Sperran, Steve

Cauldron Council:
Everfool, Jubes, Kelly, Koi, Melamphoros, Ocelot, Phouka, Sashapablo, Star

Cauldron Assistants
[Non-Staff Positions]

Site Assistants
[Non-Staff Positions]
Webmaster:
Randall