I am thankful that I grew up in a family that said grace before eating our daily supper, and I tried to do that with my own children too. Our prayer was helpful if you have non-Christians sharing your meal: From all that dwells below the skies let words of love and peace arise. Let joyful songs of praise be sung through every land by every tongue. Amen.
Another that I remember from childhood is: Thank you for the world so sweet, thank you for the food we eat. Thank you for the birds that sing, thank you, God, for everything. Amen.
My friends’ family sang the Johnny Appleseed song before each meal! I can sing it for you if you ask: Oh, the Lord is good to me, and so I thank the Lord for giving me the things I need,the sun and the rain and the apple seed- the Lord is good to me. Hallelujah!
My grandmother had been gone for years when my great-aunt gave me the gift of remembering Grammie’s table grace: All we have is thine, dear Lord,our homes, our friends, our food. For all these things we give Thee thanks, for Thou art kind and good.
My husband and I say grace before each shared meal. When it’s my turn I choose one that has been part of my life. When it’s Joe’s turn he leads us in a Catholic prayer and crosses himself: In the name of the Father, and of the son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. Bless us O Lord in these thy gifts which we are about to receive from thy bounty through Christ our Lord. Amen. In the name of the Father, and of the son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
What are YOUR table graces? Please share!
Carolyn Catalano, Director of Lay Ministry: email@example.com