OOOoooo, Woopert, you gonna blind some crusty old WO with science! Depending on which mess, I suggest one does NOT use a prayer in Latin in the WO & Sgt's Mess (except if the congregation are young and not crusty, or if the RSM sanctions it before hand). I can hear the comments now, 'Latin, what's that?'. Okay I suppose, in a mess with a long tradition.
Have only witnessed one occasion when Mr Vice did a 'silly' prayer, involving God and Mickey Mouse. Chap did on/off duty through the Xmas and New Year period. Oh how I laughed !! He got mine on New Years Eve !!
Woopert, with your Latin ramblin' advice. Just how many times have you been in the WO & Sgts mess? At my school, the only bods that did Latin wore proper lab coats for science (with two pens, one pencil and slide rule in top pocket) as opposed to us 'lads' who had to make do with our dads old shirts. Said Latin boffins would regularly have their school dinner money impounded and have to face the humiliation of smoking twenty woodbines in twenty minutes behind the bike sheds or face an all mighty biffing of the year bully.
I went to a very good school by the way, it was approved!
As I've only just seen the original post is from Murphy, try doing your first grace as Mr Vice in Latin then I recommend you make a toast to HM the Queen, followed by a hearty rendition of 'Bridge over the River Qwai' on the harmonica, the WRVS lady and all the members of the Big Brother house. Of course, you must ensure you stand on the top table with your mess waistcoat outside your jacket and your penis hanging 'south' at the time.
(Legal disclaimer: This action will cost you approx 10 bottles of Port and 35 extra duties and in no way should members of the public try and recreate any of the scenes described above. These acts were performed by professionals with full medical/stunt cover assisting. Any resemblence to real life members of the WO & Sgts mess is purely coincidental unless your name is Fodders).
lord bless this bunch as we munch on our lunch. Amen
Bless, o'lord, this food for thy use and make us ever midful of the wants and nees of others. Amen
and if you really want to go down a treat and buy lots of port try this one
thank your god for the food so great,
and praise the lord amen, but wait!!
I'm the one who went to the store
and bought the glorious goods galore.
i dont see god helping out, so what are dinner prayers about?
I'll tell you exactly what it means-
preyers before dinner are a hill o'beans
im the one who set the table
with or without HIM i was able
thanks to the paycheck for the money i spent
on food, drink, clothes and rent.
Thank you lord for all this food?
i've never seen Him - I know its crude
but come on get real, why should i pray
when prayers dont get answered anyway
corn grows in fields, and meat comes from cows
why must i go on analyzing now?
Dear God im sorry but i thank myself
for the chef boyardee on the kitchen shelf
i dont remember you helping any
when my pop tarts supply was running empty
so excuse me as i begin my dinner
but dont you dare call me a sinner