10 Sep 2015

Latin grace

My university days seem like a dream, sometimes. Sure, it was almost 35 years ago, but it's more than that.

Both my school and University followed the 'Oxbridge' tradition. (That's a portmanteau of Oxford and Cambridge). Both institutions were grand and tradition-bound and old and elegant and beautiful and classy.

At university, I attended a residential college, St Hilda's. The colleges, too, were modelled on Oxbridge tradition with rowing and cricket clubs, choirs, debating teams, live-in tutors, and well stocked libraries. We dressed in academic gowns for dinner, had Junior and Senior Common Rooms, were invited to 'High Table', (literally a high table, raised at the front of the room and reserved for the academic fellows, the Headmaster and their guests) and even said grace before meals in Latin.

I had an exceptional education, and very good fun, but like I say, nowadays it all seems like a dream. A very Hogwarts-like dream.

The other day I realised that over the course of the decades I'd forgotten the grace. Just when Jemimah's Latin was good enough for her to enjoy knowing it, too. So I hopped onto Facebook, found an alumni page and asked. And here it is, in case I ever forget it again. Or in case you, too, would like to say grace in Latin.

Academic gowns and a raised high table optional.


Benedic, domine, hoc frumentum, et nostram communitatem per Christum Dominum nostrum.


Translation: Bless O Lord, this food and our community, through Christ our Lord.



  1. I have never heard that version. We say it in Latin too and now so does our CM coop! We say it like this:

    Bénedic, Dómine, nos et haec tua dona quae de tua largitate sumus sumpturi. Per Christum Dóminum nostrum. Amen.

  2. I can comment today! YAY! I have always found Latin fascinating. It sounds like you had an amazing education. Thank you for sharing.

  3. When we used Our Roman Roots, the girls learned the version that mariamagdalenaacademy posted.

  4. Oh, my, do I covet your school and uni days, friend. They sound incredible.

  5. the whole experience really does sound dreamy


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