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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 August 12,
19th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Leader: Lord Jesus, we thank you for your Word. You challenge us to believe in you even when others doubt. (Jn. 6:41-42)

All: We thank you the gift of faith. Help us to nourish our faith through by hearing you Word and acting upon it.

OR

Leader: Lord Jesus, we thank you for your Word. You promise us the gift of eternal life. (Jn. 6: 47-51)

All: We thank you for your promise. Help us to continue to believe and to love others as you have loved us.

Grace with lines inspired by the Readings for August 19,
20th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Leader: Lord Jesus, we thank you for your Word. You call us to live the life of the wise, seeking to understand the will of the Lord in each of our lives. (Eph. 5:15-17)

All: We thank you for the gift of Baptism. Help us to grow in wisdom and in faith.

OR

Leader: Lord Jesus, we thank you for your Word. You invite us to the Eucharist enabling us to abide with you and you in us. (Jn. 6:54-56)

All: We thank you for your abiding presence in us. Help us to be united to you in thought and deed.