PODCAzT 176: How to sing Table Prayers in Latin

Today I talk about prayer before and after meals.  What inspired me is the recent arrival of beautiful little books – new – for singing the table prayers in Latin.  They are from the Monastery of St. Benedict, in southern France.  HERE  I contacted them and they sent me some copies.

At that page you can see some images of examples of pages.  Also you can use PayPal, which simplifies things.

Moreover, if you order and pay for booklets by 30 August 2019, you can have a 10% discount.

In the course of the podcast, I relate a couple of personal experience of singing these prayers and using the Proper Meal Prayers for certain feasts.

An example (close to real size on a normal screen)

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  1. Suburbanbanshee says:

    If you eat at a Conservative synagogue or spend time with pious Jews, a lot of them sing grace before and after meals, just like many of our pious Christian ancestors. It is a beautiful devotion, and it makes meals a little liturgy.

  2. WGS says:

    Not that it changes the concept at all, but I suggest that the word accent for “SPI-ri-tu-i” on Page 9 be changed to “Spi-RI-tu-i” to conform better with the Liber Usualis and other sources.

  3. Gregg the Obscure says:

    i was pleased to find that my ad lib setting for “Benedic nos Domine . . . ” wasn’t that far off the real thing.

  4. Taryn says:

    Speaking of Latin, one of the popular (if not THE most popular) free language learning apps, DuoLingo, has finally come out with a Latin portion. This is great news. So far, there is only Classical pronunciation available, but I wouldn’t be surprised if they came out with Ecclesiastic if there was enough demand. The app is useful for someone like myself who has only minimal exposure to Latin.

  5. Taryn says:

    On second thought, there are still some kinks in the Latin version of DuoLingo. The interchangeable word orders in Latin make for more correct answers than the app currently recognizes.

  6. Credoh says:

    Ordered via PayPal; came in a few days (UK.)
    Thank you Father Z.

  7. W0BPH says:

    I ordered a couple copies too for my family. My wife and I are excited for these to arrive and to start praying the before and after meals in Latin.

    Thank you Father Z for pointing these out to your readers!

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