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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 December 9,
2nd Sunday of Advent

Leader: Lord Jesus, we thank you for your Word. You call us to prepare our heart by repenting of our sins. (Luke 3:3-4)

All: As we begin a new liturgical year, may we share with others the reason for our hope.

OR

Leader: Lord Jesus, we thank you for your Word. You challenge us to be the voice in the wilderness of our world calling for renewal. (Luke 3:4-6)

All: Healed by your love, may we be a sign of healing and peace for our family.


Grace with lines inspired by the Readings for December 16,
3rd Sunday of Advent

Leader: Lord Jesus, we thank you for your Word. You challenge us to ask what we should do to be disciples in in the world, by living in accordance to your Word. (Luke 3:10-14)

All: May we joyfully accept your challenge to witness to your presence in the world today.

OR

Leader: Lord Jesus, we thank you for your Word. You send John, to remind us that Jesus came to change the world. (Luke 3:15-17)

All: May our joy be a sign of the transformative action of Jesus in our lives.