Daily Bread: A Collection of Table Graces

Bread by Think Draw via Wikimedia Commons.

Acts 27:35-36 (NIV)
After he said this, Paul took some bread and gave thanks to God in front of them all. Then he broke it and began to eat. They were all encouraged and ate some food themselves.

Traditional Lutheran
Common Table Prayer

Come Lord Jesus, be our guest,
let this food to us be blessed, Amen.

A Slovak Lutheran tradition adds a second verse:
And may there be a goodly share
on every table everywhere.

My friend Kevin Baker modified the text slightly so you can sing it to the tune of “Jesus Loves Me”
Come Lord Jesus, be our guest
May all these gifts to us be blessed
Blessed be God who is our bread
May all the world be clothed and fed. Amen.

Traditional Scouting Grace
Neath these tall green trees we stand
Asking blessings from Thy hand
Thanks we give to thee above
For Thy help and strength and love.

Wayfarer’s Grace
May be sung to the same tunes as “Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow”
or “For The Beauty of the Earth”

For all the glory of the way
For all thy protection night and day
For rooftree, fire, and bed and board
For friends and home we thank thee Lord.

Table Grace by Alcuin of York
Lord Christ, we ask you to spread our table with your mercy. And may you bless with your gentle hands the good things you have given us. We know that whatever we have comes from your lavish heart, for all that is good comes from you. Thus whatever we eat, we should give thanks to you. And having received from your hands, let us give with equally generous hands to those who are poor, breaking bread and sharing our bread with them. For you have told us that whatever we give to the poor we give to you.

Table Grace attributed to Brigid of Kildare
I should like a great lake of finest ale
For the King of kings.
I should like a table of the choicest food
For the family of heaven.
Let the ale be made of the fruits of faith,
And the food be forgiving love.

I should welcome the poor to my feast,
For they are God’s children.
I should welcome the sick to my feast,
For they are God’s joy.
Let the poor sit with Jesus at the highest place,
And the sick dance with the angels.

God bless the poor,
God bless the sick,
And bless our human race.
God bless our food,
God bless our drink,
All homes, O God, embrace.

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