The Norwegian table prayer has a long history in the Norwegian home. When the family gathers around the table, it is said before each meal. It can be spoken or sung.
It also has a heartfelt place in Norwegian gatherings around the world. At Norwegian clubs, dinners, and special events you will find it said with reverence of history and heritage.
Norwegian Grace Lyrics
I Jesu navn går vi til bords
Og spiser, drikker på ditt ord
Deg, Gud, til ære, oss til gavn
Så får vi mat i Jesu navn.
Words to Norwegian Grace in English
You may see a few different English translations for the Norwegian table prayer. Translators vary between being strictly literal or trying to put their own poetic spin on the phrasing. They all mean the same thing.
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.
How to Sing the Norwegian Table Prayer
If you just want to say grace before you eat you don’t have to sing, but many people do. Either way you will need to understand how the words actually sound, since the text is (literally) foreign to our ears.
Learning the Norwegian table prayer can be difficult — but only in that many videos rush through it out of habit, have equipment challenges, or are otherwise hard to hear.
You will find this to be easy!
I hope that the Norwegian table prayer will grace your table in the days and years to come. When you’ve perfected this one, here is another to try: Be Present At Our Table, Lord.