We are somewhat progressive Christians, and we all hold hands and say
Dear God, thank you for this food, and thank you for our family.
If there is anything else DH or I feel like adding in, we feel free to at the end. Then DH and I lean over and give each other a little kiss and we each give DS a little kiss too ( family tradition from DH's side).
Works for us!
We use two different prayers, one before meals, and one after.
Before: Bless us, O Lord, and these Thy gifts which we are about to receive from Thy bounty, through Christ, Our Lord, amen.
After: We give Thee thanks for all Thy benefits, O Almighty God, Who livest and reignest forever. And may the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.
Proud Catholic (28) and mama to V (7)
We thank God for providing our food and for the life and health He gives us through it. Often we also ask Him to bless the hands that prepared it. We close our prayer "in Jesus' name, Amen."
we hold hands and say,
Thank you for the world so sweet,
thank you for the food we eat,
thank you for the birds that sing,
thank you God for everything.
We are a family who celebrates both our Jewish and Christian heritages...
We take turns.... can say whatever you want... my 4 year old always prays after everyone and says "Dear God, thank you for being able to spend this meal as a family, thank you for our family and our home, for this meal and for the money to pay for this meal." and then Amen.
We got this one from the UU church we used to go to. I've been trying to get us in the habit of saying it every time we sit down to a meal.
Thanks to the hands that plant the seeds
Thanks to the earth giving all that we need
Thanks for the food that we share among friends
And thanks for the love that never ends
I follow a sort of buddhist path, and oftem say something like this
"We receive this food in gratitude to all beings who have helped to bring it to our table, and vow to respond in turn to those in need with wisdom and compassion"
We are an LDS (Mormon) family and we have a structure to all prayers and blessings in our home.
We start by addressing God/Heavenly Father
We say thanks for whatever we are thankful for
We ask for whatever we need/want
and then we close.
So a food blessing in our home would be something like
Dear Heavenly father, thank you for this day, thank you for xyz. We ask that you please bless this food to give us the nouishment that our bodies need. We say these things in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.
love this thread!
We just started saying blessings over our food as a family and I love all the neew ideas! DD1 is 2.5 and will love some of these!
right now we say the:
God is great
God is good
and we thank Him for our food.
DD1 can say the whole thing and often reminds us to say our blessing.
SAHM to Chloe«- 6/2008 (10 lbs, 5 oz), Hannah- 9/2010 (9 lbs, 12 oz), Liam- 2/2013 (9 lbs, 6 oz)
In our family, the person who made dinner starts by saying "let's remember to be thankful for the food on the table and..." and then they add to it. It then goes around the table and everyone says a few things (with our kids I hear anything from "our cats" to "toilets") and then we squeeze and then we're done!
"We are thankful for our food, and remember those who are hungry
We are thankful for our friends and our family, and remember those who are alone
We are thankful for our health and remember those who are sick
We are thankful for our freedom and remember those who are oppressed.
Peace on Earth, Amen."
We are a somewhat Pagan, nature-based and ritual-happy spiritual family. My oldest children (4& 6) know this by heart and remind us if we forget to say it ;)
We are very simple in this household. We simply say "thank you" while holding hands. We do this at every meal even if eating out. The thank you's sometimes go on to thank the animal, the plants, Mother Earth, the rain, the sun, and anything and everything else.. Even Ikea has been thanked at our table. (Note to self: when your child thanks Ikea it probably means you go too much)
Funny, I was raised (still am) Catholic but never even heard the "Bless us O Lord" one until a couple years ago!
Growing up, we said, "Thank you Jesus for our food, thank you for the things we eat. Amen." (Not sure why it's so redundant but that's what we said lol!) followed by each family member saying something they were thankful for.
Now we just each say what we're thankful for... DS usually says, "Playgrounds... Food, Daddy and Mommy... Daddy eat cows?" (I have no idea how DH not being vegan like me & DS somehow became part of DS's prayer lol... but I love toddler prayers, so random but can be so touching!!)
I would like to incorporate a more formal prayer as well but haven't found the right one yet. During Advent we sang O Come O Come Emmanuel and DS absolutely loved that so I'm thinking we'll try to find a song we can sing that might change at several points throughout the year based on the liturgical calendar and/or the season.
We're Pagan, and although we have a few our two most common are:
Thank you to all the life energy that went into this food.
May everyone in the world have enough food to eat
and may our spirits be filled.
Blessing on the blossoms,
Blessings on the fruit,
Blessings on the leaf and stem,
Blessings on the root.
I think this is a Waldorf blessing.
We're currently Catholic, but raised Protestant and mostly use a prayer that my parents used when I was young:
Bless us o Lord this food to our use
and us to thy loving service.
Make us ever-mindful of the needs of others
in Jesus' name, Amen.
My grandfather liked this one even if my grandmother always yelled at him about it (so since his death we younger people try to get away with using it at holiday dinners sort of as a nostalgia thing--it doesn't work for us either).
We used the Johnny Appleseed one when I was a kid, but since I learned about the reality of why you plant apples from seed I just can't bring myself to use it (or keep a straight face when other peoples' kids do use it). (Basically, apple trees planted from seed make apples that are inedible and only suited to making hard cider, so Johnny Appleseed wasn't bringing healthy fruit to the frontier, he was bringing booze. The context issues really amuse me.)
We don't practice any faith but as a child I was brought up Protestant, and being from the lowlands of scotland we used the Selkirk Grace
"Some hae' meat but canna eat, and
Some hae' nae meat and want it,
but we hae meat and
we can eat sae let the lord be thankit!"
I'm a little late joining this thread, and I've enjoyed reading everyone's postings! We're Episcopalian, and when we visit with my MIL and FIL, we generally say a simple grace before dinner: "Lord bless us and make us thankful for what we are about to receive, through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen." My DH and I agreed that we would like to continue this tradition on our own, but we have not been very good about follow-through. Recently, though, DS has been reminding us to "hold hands", even when it's a hectic evening! We also may include an additional prayer if something siginificant is happening - birthday, holiday, travel, etc.