My online Reverend qualification is legal in most states and allows me to perform all the functions of an actual minister who has completed an MDiv, which is — truth to tell — a little sketchy. That qualification can me get into trouble with people’s assumptions.
As the wedding party was getting ready to enter the beautifully decorated event room after the ceremony, the banquet manager said, “Reverend, will you be offering grace before the meal?”
Good Lord. Emily and Dustin hadn’t said anything to me about grace. I figured I could come up with something in a hurry, other than the usual Catholic before-meal prayer which we said at the College of St. Elizabeth and which I oddly still remember:
“Bless us, O Lord, and these, Thy gifts, which we are about to receive from Thy bounty. Through Christ, our Lord. Amen.”
But I quickly checked with Emily and she said no official grace was needed.