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Grace at Meals

As part of his Every Life Matters initiative, Archbishop Smith asks 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.

How can you use scripture when saying grace at meals? Here are some principles so you or your family can formulate their own prayer before meals at home.

How to incorporate Scripture when saying grace at meals:

  1. Find the Gospel of the day. The Gospel can be accessed online, through phone apps or printed missalette such as Living with Christ.
  2. Choose one verse from the Gospel and read it out loud.
  3. Add a response, if you wish.
  4. Finish by saying grace before meals.