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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 April 14,
Passion (Palm) Sunday

Leader: Lord Jesus, we thank you for your Word. You were obedient to your Father’s will, even unto death, “Not my will but yours be done.” (Luke 22: 39-46)

All: Lord, during this Lenten season, help us to know God’s will for us through prayer and to have the strength to humbly follow His plan.

OR

Leader: Lord Jesus, we thank you for your Word. You ask us to become more like the young, willing to serve others, in order to be “great” in your kingdom. (Luke 22: 24-30)

All: Lord, on this World Day of Youth, help us to become more aware of the needs of our young people and to find practical ways to serve those needs.


Grace with lines inspired by the Readings for April 21st,
Easter Sunday The Resurrection of the Lord

Leader: Lord Jesus, we thank you for your Word. You conquered sin and death at Easter through the miracle of your resurrection.

All: May we remember your sacrifice with gratitude, choosing daily to put our hope in You.

OR

Leader: Lord Jesus, we thank you for your Word. You challenge us to spread the Good News as Mary Magdalene did in today’s Gospel. (John 20: 11-18)

All: May we run with joy to tell others the good news of your resurrection.