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Prayer Before Meals


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.


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God has two dwellings; one in heaven, and the other in a meek and thankful heart.

(Izaak Walton)



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.
Amen!


Celtic Prayers

The Selkirk Grace

a thanksgiving used at Scottish Burns Supper evenings. This prayer was made popularised by Robert Burns (Scottish Poet 1759-1796)

Some have meat and cannot eat;
Some cannot eat that want it:
But we have meat and we can eat
Sae let the Lord be thankit!

(contemporary version)


Some have meat and cannot eat;
Some cannot eat that want it:
But we have meat and we can eat
Sae let the Lord be thankit!

(traditional version)


Irish Grace

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.

Short Thanksgiving Prayer

A inspiring prayer of gratitude to God for His presence through the changing seasons of life:-




Bible verses about food and thanksgiving

Jesus and thanksgiving - Jesus is recorded giving thanks to God on at least two occassions for providing food.
For example, at the feeding of the five thousand, he presented the food before heaven, gave thanks, and from five loaves of bread and two fish, five thousand men (not including their families) are said to have been fed. At the last supper, when he was aware of His coming suffering, Jesus remember to give thanks for the food:
"While they were eating, Jesus took bread, gave thanks and broke it..."

(Matthew 26:26, NIV)


Paul and thanksgiving - It was common practise for the Apostle Paul to give thanks before eating. In the Acts of the Apostles, during a terrible storm at sea, he gave thanks for food:
"After he said this, he took some bread and gave thanks to God in front of them all. Then he broke it and began to eat".

Acts 27:35, (NIV)


the early Christians give thanks
"They worshiped together at the Temple each day, met in homes for the Lord's Supper, and shared their meals with great joy and generosity - all the while praising God and enjoying the goodwill of all the people."

Acts 2:26-7a, (NLT)


meal tableWorld Religions

The practise of giving thanks before meal times is common amongst all major world religions. Buddhism, Hindism, Islam, Judiasm and Christianity all have long traditions of praying before eating.

Jewish thanksgiving prayer


Here's a prayer used by the Jewish faith for giving thanks:-

Blessed art Thou, O Lord our G-d,
King of the Universe,
Who creates many living
beings and the things they need.
For all that Thou hast
created to sustain 
the life of every living being,
blessed be Thou,
the Life of the universe.


Anglican meal prayers

Blessed are you, O Lord God, King of the Universe, for you
give us food to sustain our lives and make our hearts glad;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

For these and all his mercies, God's holy Name be blessed
and praised; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

(source: The 1979 Book of Common Prayer of the Protestant Episcopal Church, U.S.A.)




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