13 Traditional Dinner Prayers and Mealtime Blessings

Short and Simple Christian Prayers for Saying Grace

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These blessings are traditional Christian dinner prayers for saying grace at mealtimes. The prayers are short and simple, great for holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas, or any dinner gathering.

Bless Us, O Lord

Traditional Catholic Prayer

Bless us, O Lord,

And these Thy gifts

Which we are about to receive,

Through Thy bounty

Through Christ our Lord we pray.

Amen.

We Give Our Thanks

Traditional

For food that stays our hunger,

For rest that brings us ease,

For homes where memories linger,

We give our thanks for these.

Truly Thankful

Traditional

Lord, make us truly thankful for

these and all other blessings.

I ask this in Jesus Christ's name,

Amen.

God Is Great

Traditional

God is great!

God is good!

Let us thank Him

For our food.

Amen.

God Is Great (Extended Version)

Traditional

God is great and God is good,

Let us thank Him for our food;

By His blessings we are fed,

Give us Lord, our daily bread.

Amen.

Give Us Grateful Hearts

Book of Common Prayer

Give us grateful hearts,

O Father, for all thy mercies,

And make us mindful

Of the needs of others;

Through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen.

Make Us Grateful

Traditional

For this and all we are about to receive,

Make us truly grateful, Lord.

Through Christ we pray.

Amen.

Bless, O Lord

Traditional

Bless, O Lord,

This food to our use

And us to thy service,

And keep us ever mindful

Of the needs of others.

In Jesus' Name,

Amen.

God Our Father, Lord and Savior

Traditional

God our Father, Lord and Savior

Thank you for your love and favor

Bless this food and drink we pray

And all who shares with us today.

Amen.

Our Heavenly Father, Kind and Good

Traditional

Our Heavenly Father, kind and good,

We thank Thee for our daily food.

We thank Thee for Thy love and care.

Be with us Lord, and hear our prayer.

Amen.

Moravian Dinner Prayer

Traditional Moravian Prayer

Come, Lord Jesus, our guest to be

And bless these gifts

Bestowed by Thee.

And bless our loved ones everywhere,

And keep them in Your loving care.

Amen.

Dinner Prayer Hymn

Traditional Hymn

Lord, bless this food and grant that we

May thankful for thy mercies be;

Teach us to know by whom we're fed;

Bless us with Christ, the living bread.

Lord, make us thankful for our food,

Bless us with faith in Jesus' blood;

With bread of life our souls supply,

That we may live with Christ on high.

Amen.

Humble Hearts

Traditional

In a world where so many are hungry,

May we eat this food with humble hearts;

In a world where so many are lonely,

May we share this friendship with joyful hearts.

Amen.

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