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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 July 15,
15th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Leader: Lord Jesus, we thank you for your Word. You send us out to witness to you. To offer your comfort and healing to all we meet. (Mk. 6:7-13)

All: We thank you for your trust in us. Help us to be trustworthy in all that we do, so that all will know the love you have for each of us.

OR

Leader: Lord Jesus, we thank you for your Word. You call us to follow you in and through our daily lives. (Mk. 4:31-32)

All: We thank you for calling us. Help us to continue to respond to your call even when no one is listening.

Grace with lines inspired by the Readings for July 22,
16th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Leader: Lord Jesus, we thank you for your Word. You invite us to go to a deserted place to be alone with you and to be refreshed and renewed. (Mk. 6:30-31)

All: Lord Jesus, we thank you for your gentle care for us. Help us to take time during the summer to be renewed in body, mind and spirit.

OR

Leader: Lord Jesus, we thank you for your Word. You have compassion on us and lead us through your teaching. (Mk. 6:34)

All: Lord Jesus, we thank you for your love. Help us to understand your teaching as we listen to your Word and do it.