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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 January 13,
The Baptism of the Lord

Leader: Lord Jesus, we thank you for your Word. You challenge us to be like John the Baptize and to recognize Jesus as the Messiah. (Lk. 3:15-16)

All: Lord Jesus, we thank you for the gift of faith.

OR

Leader: Lord Jesus, we thank you for your Word. Through baptism, you offer us a sharing in your Divine life.

All: Lord Jesus, we thank you for endowing us with gifts we need to fulfill our mission in life.


Grace with lines inspired by the Readings for January 20th,
2nd Sunday of Ordinary Time – Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

Leader: Lord Jesus, we thank you for your Word. Through St. Paul you inspire us to use our gifts for the common good. (1 Cor. 12:7)

All: May we share our gifts with others, especially migrants and refugees.

OR

Leader:Lord Jesus, we thank you for your Word. You reveal yourself to us through signs. (Jn. 2:11)

All: May our Christian faith awaken an awareness of your love in our daily life.