Here is a collection of the most popular short prayers for before meals. When you are suddenly called upon to say the prayer to bless the meal, having one of these prayers handy can certainly save the day! Included are one Irish Prayer and a Catholic Grace Prayer. What prayers do you have to contribute?
Bless Us Oh Lord
Bless us, oh Lord, and these thy gifts,
which we are about to receive from thy bounty,
through Christ, our Lord.
Ecclesiastes 9:7 Go, eat your bread with joy,
And drink your wine with a merry heart;
For God has already accepted your works.
Thank You Lord
God, we thank you for this food.
For rest and home and all things good.
For wind and rain and sun above.
But most of all
for those we love.
Give us grateful hearts, O Father,
for all thy mercies,
and make us mindful of the needs of others;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Mindful of others
Thank you, Lord, for this food which is set before us.
May we use it to nourish our bodies,
and thee to nourish our souls.
Make us ever more mindful of the needs of others,
and the needs of our planet.
Through Christ Our Lord, Amen.
Bless the Hands
Dear Lord, thank you for this food.
Bless the hands that prepared it.
Bless it to our use and us to your service,
And make us ever mindful of the needs of others.
Through Christ our Lord we pray. Amen.
Catholic Grace Prayer
Father of us all,
This meal is a sign of Your love for us:
Bless us and bless our food,
And help us to give you glory each day
Through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Bless, O Lord, this food we are about to eat;
and we pray You, O God,
that it may be good for our body and soul;
and if there be any poor creature
hungry or thirsty walking along the road,
send them into us that we can share the food with them,
just as You share your gifts with all of us.