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Cyclopedia of Biblical, Theological and Ecclesiastical Literature
Grace at Meals
was customary among the Jews (Lightfoot, Horae Hebr. on Matthew 20:36), and forms are contained in the Talmud (Berachoth, 7). Numerous examples occur in the New Test., and early Christian writers abundantly confirm the practice (Chrysostom, Homil. 49; Clemens, Alex. Paedag. 2:4, 44, 77; so also Tertullian, Cyprian, and others). Examples of forms occur both in the early Eastern and Western churches, and the Gelasian Sacramentary sets forth quite a number. See Smith, Dict. of Christ. Antiq. s.v.
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McClintock, John. Strong, James. Entry for 'Grace at Meals'. Cyclopedia of Biblical, Theological and Ecclesiastical Literature. https://www.studylight.org/encyclopedias/eng/tce/g/grace-at-meals.html. Harper & Brothers. New York. 1870.