Graces: Prayers for Everyday Meals and Special Occasions

Graces: Prayers for Everyday Meals and Special Occasions

by June Cotner

Hardcover(1st ed)

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Saying grace at mealtime is a time-honored tradition for many families and a newfound source of spiritual connection for others. Whether you're a master at giving the blessing or fairly new to this sacred art, Graces will bring inspiration to your meals and special gatherings.

Seeing the need for such inspiration at her family's table, June Cotner compiled a notebook of poems, prayers, and songs that she solicited from friends, strangers, family members, and ministers. She has turned her family's well-worn notebook into this elegantly packaged edition, which will complement your finest table settings.

Arranged by thirteen themes, this beautiful gift book contains poems, prayers, songs, invocations, and salutations by figures as diverse as Leunig and Browning, Emerson and Starhawk, Kahlil Gibran and Schweitzer. Whether you need a Sanskirt Salutation to the Dawn, a Gaelic Blessings, or ancient Chinese Prayer, Graces offers fitting words for every occasion.

Having a collection of original, traditional, and multicultural blessings makes it easy to share wisdom and insight with family and friends before meals or at special gatherings. The graces compiled here have been used by people of all religions beliefs, and special attention was given to how easily the words can be spoken by both adults and children.

Life if full of occasions when it seems appropriate to say grace. Graces contains 133 prayers, poems, and blessings that span the centuries and draw from many traditions. Bring spiritual focus to your meals by bringing Graces to your table.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780060659561
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 09/17/1994
Edition description: 1st ed
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 309,759
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 6.25(h) x 0.77(d)

About the Author

June Cotner is the author of the celebrated Graces, Bedside Prayers, Get Well Wishes, Animal Blessings and Family Celebrations. She lives with her husband, two wayward dogs, and two stray cats in Poulsbo, Washington, just outside of Seattle.

Read an Excerpt

Morning Grace

We thank Thee God
as we watch
the distant hills
suddenly emerge
above the filmy, white mist
and gently touch heaven —
awakening the sun
for another day.

Joan Stephen

Table of Contents


  • 1. For Any Gathering
  • 2. Seasonal Graces
  • 3. For Holidays
  • 4. For Family Gatherings
  • 5. Native American Graces
  • 6. Traditional Graces
  • 7. For Children
  • 8. For the Earth
  • 9. Musical Graces
  • 10. Short Graces
  • 11. From Around the World
  • 12. For Peace and Justice
  • 13. For Contemplation

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Graces: Prayers for Everyday Meals and Special Occasions 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
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I really loved this book. Some of the poems and prayers are very familiar and are ones my family has said over special meals and occasions many times. The real beauty of this book, however, is in its inclusivenes. Here you will also find 'graces' from Asian, European, Native American, and other cultures. This book shows how people in various cultures are both different yet also alike in showing reverence to powers greater than themselves. I also liked it's inclusion of a few musical graces in the end.
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