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Grace at Meals

As part of his Every Life Matters initiative, Archbishop Smith is asking us all to heed the invitation of our Holy Father and embrace the custom of praying at mealtime. “To the traditional meal prayers, I'm proposing that we add one line from the Sunday Gospel and one line of prayerful response to it,” says the Archbishop.

We have prepared cards for everyone to use (available at your parish). Before the words of grace, the card offers the Scripture verse at the heart of this Year of Mercy, “Be merciful as your Heavenly Father is merciful,” and gives a prayer in response that we be merciful toward one another. That Scripture verse and prayer can be used throughout the year.

“In addition, I shall tweet out each week (@archbsmith) an alternative Scripture verse for the week's meal prayers, a verse that will be taken from the Sunday Gospel. For those not on Twitter, the verse and prayer will also be sent to parishes for inclusion in the weekly Sunday bulletin.”

The Prayers

Before the meal, begin with a brief excerpt from Scripture:

Leader: “Lord, Jesus we thank you for your Word. You call us to be merciful as our Heavenly Father is merciful” (cf. Luke 6:36).
All: “Help us, Jesus, to share your love and mercy with those in need.”
Together: “Bless us, O Lord, and these Thy gifts, which we are about to receive from Thy bounty. Through Christ our Lord.  Amen”
After the meal: “We give you thanks, Almighty God,  for all your gifts, who live and reign now and forever. Amen”
This Week's Scripture Suggestions

Grace with lines inspired by the Readings for June 17,
11th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Leader: Lord Jesus, we thank you for your Word. You teach us to trust that the seed of faith that you have planted in our hearts will grow. (Mk. 4:26-28)

All: Lord Jesus, may we grow in consciousness of your great gift of love for us.

OR

Leader: Lord Jesus, we thank you for your Word. You teach us that even a small amount of faith can be transformative. (Mk. 4:31-32)

All: Lord Jesus, may we act with love towards all whom we meet this day.

Grace with lines inspired by the Readings for June 24,
Nativity of St. John the Baptist

Leader: Lord Jesus, we thank you for your Word. You offer us the faithful example of Elizabeth, who continued to believe and was blessed with a son in her old age. (Lk. 1:57-58)

All: May we persevere in our prayers and accept the gits we receive as blessings.

OR

Leader: Lord Jesus, we thank you for your Word. You sent John the Baptist, a child who grew and became strong spirit for the hand of the Lord was with him. (Lk. 1:66, 80)

All: May we, like John the Baptist, be heralds of Christ in our world today.