Jesuit Resource – Mealtime Prayers
Today’s prayer: Bless us, Oh Lord, and these thy gifts from thy bounty, which we are about to receive, through Christ, Our Lord.
Thank you for the blessings of our individual and collective God-given gifts; give us balance in times of distraction and uncertainty; guide us toward our goals with determination and a sense of humor; and bless the food we’re about to share, as well as those who prepared it.
We give you thanks, O Lord, for food in a world where many walk in hunger and fear, faith and fear; for friends and friends, and those who walk alone, writes Beatrice of Awe in her Epistle to the Nations for the Church of England.
In the name of Jesus, we thank you for this food; feed our souls with the bread of life, and help us to do our part in kind words and loving deeds.
In a world where so many people are hungry and lonely, may we eat this food with humble hearts and share this friendship with joyful hearts.
Bless our Food
Bless us, O God, and bless our food and drink, for you have redeemed us so dearly and delivered us from evil, and as you have given us a share in this food, may you also give us a share in eternal life.
May this food and drink restore our strength, giving new energy to tired limbs and new thoughts to tired minds; may this drink restore our souls, giving new vision to dry spirits and new warmth to cold hearts; and may we, once refreshed, give new pleasure to you, who gives us all.
Bless this Food
Bless this bread and grant that all who eat it may be strong in body and grow in your love, Lord our God, creator of heaven and earth and Father of all your people: we give you glory for your goodness and for your loving care for us.
May we eat Well
We pray to you, Lord God, king of the universe, that you bless us and this food that you have given us, and that you help us to be generous to others and to work with them so that they, too, may eat well.
Praise be to You
Bless this food, which is a sign of your loving care for us, and bless us in our daily lives, as well as your church around the world and all those who seek to do your will today, through Jesus Christ, our savior, one God, forever and ever.
We are Grateful
Edward Hays: We take a moment to be grateful for the blessings of this table; we are fed with good things on a daily basis, nourished by friendship and care, feasted with forgiveness and understanding; may your presence, which we eat in the name of your son, Jesus, be with us.
Food as a Symbol
We pause to be grateful for the hidden gifts of life in this food, and we lift up this bread; may it be food and symbol for all of us who will eat it.
Picnic or Barbeque
We praise your holy name forever. Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, A Book of Blessings, 179.
Lord Jesus, bless this food for us, and help us to grow in your love and work with you to build up God’s kingdom – Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, A Book of Blessings, 182.
For the Good of All
May God bless us as we share this meal and work and live together for the common good. Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, A Book of Blessings, 183.
For Wonderful Gifts
We thank God for the wonderful gifts he has given us – life and health, faith and love, and this meal we have shared together – and we praise and give you glory for all that you have given us. Father of mercy, we praise and give you glory for all that you have given us.
Grace After Meals
Father, we thank you for our food and joys; please help us to love you more – Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, A Book of Blessings, 186.
Why should we pray to God before eating?
A grace is a short prayer or thankful phrase said before or after eating, most commonly in Christian traditions. Some traditions believe that grace and thanksgiving confer a blessing that sanctifies the meal. Reciting such a prayer is sometimes referred to in English as “saying grace.”
What does the Bible say about praying for food?
Join us in praying for the world’s hungry and those working to feed them. Just because hunger persists doesn’t mean God isn’t aware of it: u201cGod always keeps his word; he gives justice to the poor and food to the hungry,u201d (Psalm 146:6u20137, CEV).
What to say before eating?
Before a meal, what to say
- Let’s get started (or ‘get started’)
- Enjoy your meal (or ‘enjoy’)
- Hope you enjoy what we’ve prepared for you.
Can one pray while eating?
Fasting is always associated with prayer in the Bible, so you can use the time you’d normally spend eating to pray for what God wants to do among us during this Campaign.
Do all religions pray before eating?
Other religions, such as Islam, Hinduism, and Bahai, practice reciting a prayer before meals, and Aaron Gold, an Orthodox Jew living on Long Island, says the blessing before meals is just one of many prayers he says each day.
What are the 5 basic prayer?
Adoration, contrition, thanksgiving, and supplication, abbreviated as A.C.T.S., are the four basic forms of prayer. The Liturgy of the Hours, the seven canonical hours of the Catholic Church prayed at set prayer times, is recited daily by clergy, religious, and devout believers.
Is Father a prayer?
Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
What do Japanese say before eating?
Before eating, Japanese people say “itadakimasu,” a polite phrase that means “I receive this food.” This expresses gratitude to whoever worked on the meal’s preparation.
What do you do after dinner?
After a large meal, here are five things to do.
- Relax and don’t stress out. Don’t be too hard on yourself, especially if it’s a one-time occurrence.
- Drink water.
- Take a probiotic.
- Plan your next meal.