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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 June 16th,
Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity

Leader: Lord Jesus, we thank you for your Word. You come to us through the Holy Spirit, who leads us into all truth. (John 16:12-13)

All: May we affirm the Holy Trinity as the origin of everything true and good.

OR

Leader: Lord Jesus, we thank you for your Word. You invite us to accept from the Holy Spirit what you have received from the Father. (John 16:14-15)

All: May we worship God, who is three in one, with everything we are.


Grace with lines inspired by the Readings for June 23rd,
Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ

Leader: Lord Jesus, we thank you for your Word. You invite us to join you in your kingdom, and you do not ignore our hunger. (Luke 9:11-13)

All: May we be filled with gratitude for the Blessed Sacrament by which you make yourself present to us.

OR

Leader: Lord Jesus, we thank you for your Word. You give to us generously, offering more than we could have ever have hoped or dreamed. (Luke 9:14-17)

All: May we give generously in return, as we devote time to serving and adoring you.