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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 March 29,
Fifth Sunday of Lent

Leader: Lord Jesus, we thank you for your Word. You are the resurrection and the life. (John 11:25)

All: Give life to your people, who are called by your name.

Or

Leader: Lord Jesus, we thank you for your Word. You wept for your friends. (John 11:33-35)

All: Lord, be near us when we weep.


Grace with lines inspired by the Readings for April 5,
Palm Sunday

Leader: Lord Jesus, we thank you for your Word. You came to your people humble and riding on a donkey. (Matthew 21:5)

All: Lord, give us faith and humility.

Or

Leader: Lord Jesus, we thank you for your Word. You are the Son of David, who comes in the name of the Lord. (Matthew 21:9)

All: You are good, O Christ, and worthy of praise.