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Italian prayers before meal

Italy remains a fairly religious country. While Italian has been used for religious services since the 1960s, Latin is still the official language of the Catholic church. There are several traditional prayers used to bless food (benedizione dei pasti).

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

Benedici, Signore, noi e questi tuoi doni, che stiamo per ricevere dalla tua generosità. Per Cristo nostro Signore.

Bless us Oh Lord, and these thy gifts, which we are about to receive, from thy bounty, through Christ, Our Lord. Amen.

Mensae caelestis participes faciat nos Rex aeternae gloriae. Amen.
Il Re dell’eterna gloria ci faccia partecipi della mensa celeste. Amen.
May the King of everlasting glory make us partakers of the heavenly table. Amen.

Ad caenam vitae aeternae perdOcat nos Rex aeternae gloriae. Amen.
Il Re dell’eterna gloria ci conduca alla cena della vita eterna. Amen
May the King of ever-lasting glory lead us to the banquet of life eternal. Amen.

Blessing after meals
Agimus tibi gratias, omnipotens Deus, pro universis beneficiis tuis: qui vivis et regnas in saecula saeculorum. Amen.
Ti rendiamo grazie, Dio onnipotente, per tutti i tuoi benefici, Tu che vivi e regni nei secoli dei secoli. Amen.
We give Thee thanks, almighty God, for all Thy benefits, who livest and reignest for ever and ever. Amen.

See also:
Latin prayers of the Catholic Church

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