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Sample mealtime blessings

God is great! God is good! Let us thank him for our food. By his hand we must be fed, Give us Lord, our daily bread.

God is great! God is good!

Let us thank him for our food.

By his hand we must be fed,

Give us Lord, our daily bread. Amen.

Traditional child's grace



(On washing the hands before a meal)

Blessed are you O God, our Lord, king of the universe, who has sanctified us with his commandments, and has commanded us about the washing of hands.

Traditional Jewish prayer


Come, Lord Jesus, be our guest, let these gifts to us be blessed.

Traditional Christian blessing



Be present at our table, Lord,

Be here and everywhere adored.

Thy creatures bless, and grant that we

May feast in paradise with thee.

Credited to John Wesley


Give us grateful hearts, our Father, for all they mercies, and make us mindful of the needs of others; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

Episcopal blessing


The Book of Common Prayer

He is God! Thou seest us, O my God, gathered around this table, praising thy bounty, with our gaze set upon thy kingdom. O Lord! Send down upon us thy heavenly food and confer upon us thy blessing. Thou art verily the bestower, the merciful, the compassionate.

Baha'i prayer


Bless us, O Lord, and these thy gifts, which we are about to receive from thy bounty, through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Catholic blessing


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 appleseed,

The Lord is good to me.

And every seed I sow,

Will grow into a tree,

And someday there'll be apples there.

For everyone in the world to share,

The Lord is good to me. Amen.

Johnny Appleseed prayer


I Jesu navn går vi til bords

å spise, drikke på ditt ord.

Deg, Gud til ¿re, oss til gavn,

Så får vi mat i Jesu navn.

Norwegian table prayer


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