Before Meal Prayers

Jay Forrest

Dear heavenly Father, thank you for this food.
Bless it and nourish it to our bodies.
Through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

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

Eastern Orthodox
O Christ God, bless the food and drink of Thy servants, for holy art Thou, always, now and ever, and unto the ages of ages. Amen.

Anglican
Bless, O Father, Thy gifts to our use and us to Thy service; for Christ’s sake. Amen.

Lutheran 
Come, Lord Jesus, be our Guest, and let these gifts to us be blessed. Amen.

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Jay Forrest is a Christian teacher of the mystic way of union with God as revealed by scripture and tradition. He is a member of the Episcopal Church and the author of The Deeper Life: Finding God on the Mystic Path.

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