Residence: Gastonia, North Carolina
Date of Performance/Collection: March 24, 2020
Primary Language: English
Informant- Dinner prayer: “God bless this food which now we take and do us good for Jesus sake.”
Interviewer- Do you add or take away things when repeating the prayer?
Informant- I always keep the beginning, but I add specific stuff at the end. Never more than a short phrase
Interviewer- Where did you learn this prayer?
Informant- My father shared it with me at a young age at church. I think it was a little rhyme on a church prayer cube in the kid’s section. You could roll the cube and read different prayers but we found the one that we like the best and it stuck with us.
Interviewer- Is your variation of the prayer particularly important to you?
Informant- It reminds me of my family but honestly I just like the prayer because it rhymes (laughing). I really prefer praying with rhymes
Background- The informant feels a connection to this prayer because her parents showed her the rhyme when she was younger and it has become a habit. She remembers and repeats this prayer because she prefers to says prayers that rhyme. This prayer is important to her because it reminds her of her close-knit family dynamic.
Context- This prayer is performed before at the dinner table before eating. The informant explains that the family members held hands in a circle and one family member repeats the prayer. The informant is an only child with two parents. The family is Christian and worships at a Lutheran Church. They live in Gastonia, North Carolina.
Thoughts: Prayer is a part of religious folklore that allows for much multiplicity and variation. It is interesting how each person speaks and prays to God in their own way. The informant shares that she speaks to god closely through rhyming. This shows how prayers and give thanks for food can vary across families. Christians usually pray before eating the food and mainly at the dinner meal.