Catholic prayer for food

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The Catholic prayer for food is something that ought to occupy a substantial space in our psychic make-up. This is because the Lord himself, who has told that hunger is one of the consequences of sin (see Gen 3:16), has also given a lot of attention to people’s food. The Son of God, Jesus Christ willingly sacrificed his body, his blood and his life so that we all may enjoy the Eucharist and obtain food each day.

We pray for all those who are suffering from hunger today: those who are homeless because they don’t have a place to live; those who are hungry because they don’t have enough money to buy food; those who are unable to find work because they don’t have any skills or education; those who are forced into homelessness by natural disasters such as floods or earthquakes. We ask that you would look after them with your loving kindness and generosity, that no one would go hungry in your kingdom today or tomorrow or ever again! In Jesus’ name we pray

Catholic prayer for food

Dear Lord,

I know that you are the creator of all things. I am grateful for this food, and I pray that you would bless it and make it taste delicious. Thank you for creating this meal to nourish my body and make me feel full. Please let me be mindful of what I eat today. May it be a blessing to my health, my family, and the people who prepared this meal. Thank you for all that you have given us!

Amen

catholic prayer before meals in english

God, the Father of us all, we thank you for the gifts of bread and wine.

Through Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever. Amen.

Our Father, who art in Heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen.

We all know that food is not just a necessity of life, but also a source of pleasure. We should eat to live, but we should not live to eat. We should eat to stay healthy and strong, but we should never forget the reason why we are eating: the love for God.

Let us give thanks for this meal. Let us pray for those who are less fortunate than us, that they may be given food and shelter. Let us pray for those in need of healing, that they may be healed and restored to full health again. Let us pray for those who have no home or family, that they may find both security and comfort in their lives. Let us pray for all those who are hungry around the world today, and ask God to provide them with enough food so they do not starve.

Let’s remember how much Jesus loved us when he said “Give me this bread,” when he asked the Father to send his Spirit into our hearts so we can love one another as he loves us: unconditionally, freely, without judgment or fear of rejection or abandonment—just as Jesus does for us each time he breaks the bread; just as he did when he died on the cross for

simple prayer before meal

God, thank you for this food and the hands that prepared it. Please bless the hands of our cooks and the hands of those who work in the kitchen to prepare our meals every day.

We ask that you bless this meal, and all that comes from it. May we be nourished in body and spirit by this food, and may any harm that might come from eating it be averted.

In Jesus’ name, Amen

Dear God, thank you for this food we are about to eat. Thank you for the farmers who grew it and the chefs who prepared it. Thank you for the hands that harvested, the hands that cooked, and the hands that served. Thank you for all those who work to bring this food to our table.

Help us to be mindful of how much we have been given, and help us to remember those who do not have as much as we do. Amen

Dear God, thank you for the food we are about to eat. We thank you for the work, sweat, and tears our farmers poured into growing it. We thank you for the hands that picked it, the hands that prepared it, and the hands that delivered it to our homes. We ask that you bless this meal and make it a blessing to us all. Amen.

catholic after meal prayer

Dear Lord, we thank you for this food and for the hands that prepared it.

May we always remember the dignity of work and the value of those who do it.

Help us to be good stewards of what you have given us, especially in our use of world resources.

We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power and the glory forever. Amen.

Oh Lord, we thank you for the food we are about to receive. We ask that it may be granted to us by your bounty, we pray that our bodies may be nourished and strengthened by it. And if it is your holy will, may it bring us health of body and mind. And if it is not your will that we should always enjoy this life, may we always be ready to meet death with a happy and holy resignation. Amen.

Before Breakfast

Psalm 144:15-16

The eyes of all creatures look to You and You give them their food in due time. You open wide Your hand, and grant the desires of all who live. + Glory be to the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit, now and for ever and ever. Amen. Lord, have mercy (3). Christ God give the blessing.

Through the prayers of our holy Fathers, we ask You Christ God, to bless this food and drink for Your servants, for You are holy, always, now and for ever and ever. Amen.

After Breakfast

Troparion, tone 8

Blessed are You, O Christ our God;* You have given us food in due time.* Fill us also with the Holy Spirit** and abide with us all the days of our lives. Amen.

Before the Noonday Meal

Our Father, Who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.

+ Glory be to the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit, now and for ever and ever. Amen. Lord, have mercy (3). Christ God give the blessing.

Through the prayers of our holy Fathers, we ask You Christ God, to bless this food and drink for Your servants, for You are holy, always, now and for ever and ever. Amen.

After the Noonday Meal

Troparion, tone 8

We give thanks, O Christ our God,* for You have satisfied us with Your earthy gift;*deprive us not of Your heavenly kingdom,* but as You came among Your disciples and gave them peace,** come to us and save us.

+ Glory be to the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit, now and for ever and ever. Amen. Lord, have mercy (3). Christ God give the blessing.

Blessed be God, Who shows us mercy and nourishes us with his abundant gifts through His grace and loving kindness, always now and for ever and ever. Amen.

Before the Evening Meal

Psalm 21:27, tone 4

The poor shall eat and be satisfied,* and those who seek the Lord shall praise Him** their hearts shall live forever. 

+ Glory be to the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit, now and for ever and ever. Amen. Lord, have mercy (3). Christ God give the blessing.

Through the prayers of our holy Fathers, we ask You Christ God, to bless this food and drink for Your servants, for You are holy, always, now and for ever and ever. Amen.

After the Evening Meal

+ Glory be to the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit, now and for ever and ever. Amen. Hymn to the Theotokos, tone 6

It is truly right to bless you O God-bearing

One,* as the ever-blessed and immaculate Mother of our God.* More honourable than the cherubim* and by far more glorious than the seraphim;* ever a virgin, you gave birth to God the Word,** O true Mother of God, we magnify you. 

Your womb O God-bearer, became a holy table, bearing Christ our God, the Bread of heaven. As the Nourisher of all, He has said, “Anyone who

eats from it shall not die.” 

Psalm 91:5 Your deeds, O Lord, have made us glad; for the work of your hands we shout for joy.  Psalm 4:7-9

Lift up the light of Your  face upon us, O Lord. You have put into my heart a greater joy than they have from abundance of grain and new wine. I will lie down in peace and sleep comes at one for You alone, Lord, make me dwell in safety. 

+ Glory be to the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit, now and for ever and ever. Amen. Lord, have mercy (3). Christ God give the blessing.

God is with us through His Grace and love for mankind, always, now and for ever and ever.

Amen.

Prayers Before Meals – A Great Family Rituals and Custom

The family—the domestic church—is a liturgical community of mutual, unselfish, and dedicated service to God and one another. Besides common prayer, the family liturgy includes a common reading of God’s Word and Christian literature, as well as blessings and thanksgiving for God’s gifts at common meals: “We give you thanks, O Christ our God, for you have satisfied us with your earthly good things. Do not deprive us of your heavenly kingdom, but as you came into the midst of your disciples, O Saviour, granting them peace, so also come to us and save us.” This is how we pray after the noon meal.

The solemnity of the family liturgy is particularly evident at the vigil suppers on the eve of Christmas and Theophany, and at the Paschal breakfast. The prayerful service of the family members is seen in the festive greeting and blessings that they exchange. For example, the father solemnly initiates the vigil supper by distributing the Christmas prosphora to each family member, and then the consecrated Jordan water. At Pascha (Easter), he also distributes a portion of the Paschal egg. The Christmas and Jordan carols, as well as the Easter songs that accompany the festive meal, are a majestic proclamation of the “great deeds of the Lord,” a joining to the ceaseless praise of the angels. Indeed, both common prayer and common meals are Christian family treasures.

A special form of marital love is the intimate relations of husband and wife. With God’s blessing, the two become one body, reflecting in the domestic church the mystery of Christ’s unity with his Church (see Eph 5:31-32). The joining of husband and wife is conducive to mutual love; it sanctifies them and opens them to conceiving new life. This is why the Church prays that God would “keep their marriage bed undefiled … that their common life be without flaw.” The sanctity of a daily family routine, the introduction of Christian rituals and customs into the household’s way of life, a liturgical spirit of domestic interaction— all this creates a solid foundation for the spirituality of family relations.

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