Norwegian Table Prayer

I have been reading this series of books by Lauraine Snelling about the Norwegian immigrants coming to America. In the books they always say the same table prayer. The author never translates for the reader so….

For Grandma Moo, my Mom and for my own curiosity here is the prayer and its translation:

TABLE PRAYER

I Jesu navn gar vi til bords
a spise, drikke pa ditt ord.
Deg, Gud til aere, oss til gavn,
Sa far vi mat i Jesu navn.
Amen.

In Jesus’ name to the table we go
To eat and drink according to His word.
To God the honor, us the gain,
So we have food in Jesus; name.
Amen.

Second Translation:

“I Jesu navn gar vi til bords Spice og drikke pa ditt ord Deg Gud til ere oss til gavn Sa far vi mat I Jesu navn.”

From Ã…lesund, came this translation by Dag Petter Eide:

In Jesus’ name we sit by the table to eat and drink at your word. By humbly honoring you God, we get food in Jesus’ name.


listen to the audiohere.

11 thoughts on “Norwegian Table Prayer

  1. Grandma Clute

    How cool – I just heard the audio. Now we know why we always sing the table grace. I remember my grandpa and grandma always saying it but I don’t remember them singing it,
    The norwegion prayer hung in their kitchen.

    Praise, Praise Praise!!!

    Love, mom

  2. Jess

    Meg,

    You might like a book called Hannah’s Daughters. I haven’t read it, but took a look at it in a bookstore and it is about Norwegian ancestry as well.

  3. gen

    OMG!! my family is norweigen so we say this prayer alot, i always wanted to know what we’re always saying, i’m going to surprise my parents at the table tonight!! instead of saying…i jesu navn gàr vi til bords…i’ll say…in jesus name we go to the table to eat…so awesome!!!! my aunt or my grandma cross-stitced a few and framed them and now they’re in the kitchens of my family! any way i wanted to say a short thanks for whoever translated this from me and my family. i love you!
    Me

  4. David Dahlberg

    Thank you for providing this information. I found this prayer in my father’s Masonic bible!

  5. carolena

    we used to say, come lord jesus, be our guest, thank you for this food we’re blessed. amen. is there more to this table prayer does any one know it?

  6. Megan Post author

    Carolena, We said, “Come Lord Jesus be our guest.. May this food by thee be blessed.”

  7. Oscar Kostad

    Both my parents came from Norway. My Mother taught me this Norske table prayer more than 60 years ago when I was the younger generation. And now at 91 years I have said this prayer many times at family gatherings. Perhaps I can teach it to this new younger generation. Oscar

  8. cindy burgett

    I was telling a coworker that my grandmother taught me this table prayer when I was a little girl, boy did this bring back memories I didn’t remember the end of the prayer Amen

  9. Robin

    I love Lauraine’s books. I own the entire series and I’m in the process of reading it again for the third time. At this time I’m finishing “A Measure of Mercy”. I get something new every time I read them. Thank you for posting the prayer.

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