Prayer For Dinner Table

Creator God and Lord of Life,
You who call forth from the darkness of death
all those who love You,
we rejoice, on this Easter Sunday,
in the resurrection from the dead
of our Lord, Jesus Christ.
Visit our home and this table
with Your bright blessing of peace and life.
We pause in the midst of this prayer
to remember all the holy dead of our family
who live now in You and who await
the final and glorious resurrection of the dead.

Pause for silent reflection to remember those who have died.

May they and we,
because of our faith in You, our God,
taste in the victory of life over death.
May the Risen Christ, our Lord and Savior,
be our guest as we celebrate His resurrection
with this Easter Sunday dinner.
Bless those whose work to prepare this meal
has truly been a work of prayer,
and bless all of us who shall share it
with Easter love and joy.

May You, then, bless this table and this food,
and each of us
in Your holy name.


O Gracious God, we give you thanks for your overflowing generosity to us. Thank you for the blessings of the food we eat and especially for this feast today. Thank you for our home and family and friends, especially for the presence of those gathered here. Thank you for our health, our work, and our play. Please send help to those who are hungry, alone, sick and suffering war and violence. Open our hearts to your love. We ask your blessing through Christ your son. Amen

Loving Father, thank You for bringing all the family together once again for this reunion meal. You have been the strength and support for each one of us over the months and now we thank You that we have been reunited once again around the meal-table, for which we want to praise Your name, in grateful thanks.
We pray that this may be a time of real blessing and fellowship as we share the joys and woes that we have each faced while we have been apart, and we pray that Your abiding Presence would remain among us and rest on each one of us, over the coming months.
Thank You, Father, for the food that You have graciously provided for us. Thank You that You are a great and bountiful God. We ask Your blessing on our mealtime together and pray that You would draw us ever closer to each other and to You. In Jesus' name,