When do you use or say a thanksiving prayer other than on Thanksgiving Day.

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Many people say a prayer of thanks before every meal; in the Roman Catholic faith, this prayer is called "grace"; it is a name for any of a number of short prayers recited aloud or inwardly before or after eating.  Before eating, Catholics recite this prayer:

Let us pray. Bless us, O Lord, and these, Thy/Your gifts, which we are about to receive from Thy/Your bounty. Through Christ, our Lord. Amen.( This prayer is preceded and followed by the Sign of the Cross.)

After the meal, Catholics often recite this concluding prayer:

We give Thee/You thanks, Almighty God, for all Thy benefits, and for the poor souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, may they rest in peace. Amen. (This prayer also is preceded and followed by the Sign of the Cross.)

A more universal Christian prayer before a meal is as follows:

God is great, God is good. Let us thank Him for our food. Amen.

Often, too, many Christian homes and institutions add thoughts of thanksgiving that are relevant to for day of event for which they have come together to "break bread."

For Muslims, however, giving thanks is not a communal prayer, but an individual one as a reminder that each individual comes into world alone and departs alone.

In the Jewish faith, a meal is only that in which bread is literally broken. Then, after the meal a series of four benedictions are said, involving blessings.

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