Stress, fright, panic, cry, nervousness, fear! No, none of these would describe how I felt before I were to cook dinner for 12 people, our first dinner in new academic year. I was suprisingly relaxed. I was happy, cheerful and joyful. All thanks to perfect, friendly and home-like atmsphere here at the Chaplaincy. Only moment during the whole process of cooking, which lasted from 3 to 7 PM, when I actually got panicky and did not know what to do, was when Fr. Simon told me it was me who is to say Grace.
Luckily, I remembered a very beautiful Grace which I heard long time ago, but I got stuck in my head, because it so beautifully desrcibes everything that needs to be said.
It goes like this:
‘By His hand we are all fed,
Give us, O Lord, our daily bread.
Please, know that we are truly grateful,
for every cup and every plateful.’
In case you were wondering what the menu was, here it is:
Primo: Mozzarella di Bufala Campana salad with beans, chickpeas, cherry tomatoes and fresh basil
Secondo: Tagliatelle al Ragu Bolognese
Dessert: Tiramisu alla Viviana Pace
Vino rosso di Chianti e Aqua