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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 26,
Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

Leader: Lord Jesus, we thank you for your Word.  You call for repentance, as the kingdom of heaven draws near. (Matthew 4:17)

All:    Help us to live a life worthy of our calling.

Or

Leader: Lord Jesus, we thank you for your Word.  You proclaimed the gospel of the kingdom and cured every kind of disease and sickness. (Matthew 4:23)

All: May we not forget your power to heal.


Grace with lines inspired by the Readings for February 2,
Feast of the Presentation of the Lord

Leader: Lord Jesus, we thank you for your Word.  You are a light for revelation to the Gentiles and for glory to your people Israel. (Luke 2:32)

All: Lead us all to follow your way.

Or

Leader: Lord Jesus, we thank you for your Word.  You grew up strong and full of wisdom, and the favour of God was upon you. (Luke 2:40)

All:    Lord, grant us your wisdom and grace.