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“…the Divine Fathers of our Church wrote in the prayer of thanksgiving after meals, which is printed in the Horologion and which begins thus [said by the Bishop or Presbyter], “Blessed is God, Who showeth mercy on us and nourisheth us from our youth,” etc.—at the end, I say, they wrote these words: “[T]hat we may be found well-pleasing in Thy sight and not be put to shame when Thou renderest unto each ac­cording to his works.” They wrote this in order to teach us that when we rise from the table and our belly is satiated with food and drink, we should remember the fearful Day of God’s Judgment, on which we shall have to give account of all that we have done, said, and thought; and so that we might, through this fear and remem­brance, bridle the impulses and desires of our satiated body and ex­pel shameful thoughts, which then for the most part bother us be­cause of the satiation of our belly. Hence, the Divine Chrysostomos for this reason greatly praises such thanksgiving and exhorts all Christians to say it after meals.

St. Nikodemos the Hagiorite

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