Circular prayers? The "Catholic Meal Prayer"

A colleague of mine mentioned that he and his wife argued over the grammar of:

"Bless us, O Lord! and these Thy gifts, which we are about to receive from Thy bounty, through Christ our Lord."

Because, doesn't that seem redundant or something to pray to the person you received something through, yet mention that person "in the third-person"?

"Thanks, Eric, for the pencil you gave me, and for the eraser that Eric gave with it?"

I said that I assume the first "Lord" is God the Father... and that we have to be careful about our Trinitarian theology as we ponder these things. :)


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