Gathered below are a number of short prayers for meal times from different traditions of the Christian faith, including Anglican, Catholic and Celtic graces. There are also some biblical examples of thanksgiving prayers for food and an ancient Jewish meal prayer.
Short Grace Prayers
(five short prayers for use at meal times)
God is great, and God is good, And we thank him for our food; By his hand we all are fed; Give us, Lord, our daily bread.
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.
O Lord, we thank you for the gifts of your bounty which we enjoy at this table. As you have provided for us in the past, so may you sustain us throughout our lives. While we enjoy your gifts, may we never forget the needy and those in want.
Bless us, O Lord, and these your gifts, which we are about to receive from your bounty. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Bless this food to our use, and us to thy service. Fill our hearts with grateful praise. Amen.