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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 February 17th,
6th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Leader: Lord Jesus, we thank you for your Word. You encourage us to reflect on our blessings in the light of your love. (Lk. 6: 20- 23)

All: May we come to see your presence in the everyday events of our lives.

OR

Leader: May we come to see your presence in the everyday events of our lives. (Lk. 6: 24- 26)

All: May we live our lives with gratefulness of heart.


Grace with lines inspired by the Readings for February 24th,
7th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Leader: Lord Jesus, we thank you for your Word. You invite us to be countercultural in our attitudes, especially toward those who have hurt us. (Lk. 6: 27- 29)

All: May we be given the grace to see each person as being created in the image and likeness of God.

OR

Leader: we thank you for your Word. You reassure us that following your path leads to life in abundance. (Lk. 6: 37- 38)

All: May we be given the grace to respond with love, even in difficult situations.