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« on: February 24, 2010, 04:56:33 AM »

Please post prayers to say before a meal, if you have the time and desire.
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« Reply #1 on: February 24, 2010, 08:40:45 AM »

BEFORE THE MIDDAY MEAL
Our Father, Which art in the Heavens, 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 debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit; both now and ever, and unto the ages of ages. Amen.

Lord, have mercy (thrice). Holy Father, bless.

If a priest is present, he saith the blessing:
O Christ our God, bless the food and drink of Thy servants, for Thou art holy, always, now and ever, and unto the ages of ages.
And we say: Amen.

But if there be no priest, say:
Through the prayers of our holy Fathers, Lord Jesus Christ our God, have mercy on us. Amen.

AFTER THE MEAL
We thank Thee, O Christ our God, that Thou hast filled us with Thine earthly goods; deprive us not also of Thy Heavenly Kingdom, but even as Thou camest in the midst of Thy disciples, O Saviour, and gavest them peace, come also amongst us and save us.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit; both now and ever, and unto the ages of ages. Amen.

Lord, have mercy (thrice). Holy Father, bless.

If a priest is present, he saith the blessing after the meal:
Blessed is God Who hath mercy and nourisheth us from His abundant gifts, by His grace and love for man, always, now and ever, and unto the ages of ages.
And we say: Amen.

But if there be no priest, say:
Through the prayers of our holy Fathers, Lord Jesus Christ our God, have mercy on us. Amen.
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« Reply #2 on: February 24, 2010, 08:42:17 AM »

THE PRAYERS IN THE REFECTORY

BEFORE THE EVENING MEAL
We come into the Refectory and say:
The poor shall eat and be filled, and they that seek the Lord shall praise Him; their hearts shall live for ever and ever.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit; both now and ever, and unto the ages of ages. Amen.

Lord, have mercy (thrice). Holy Father, bless.

If a priest is present, he saith the blessing:
O Christ our God, bless the food and drink of Thy servants, for Thou art holy, always, now and ever, and unto the ages of ages.
And we say: Amen.

But if there be no priest, say:
Through the prayers of our holy Fathers, Lord Jesus Christ our God, have mercy on us. Amen.

AFTER THE EVENING MEAL
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit; both now and ever, and unto the ages of ages. Amen.

The Panagia is lifted up. And we say:
By her intercessions, O God, have mercy and save us. Amen.

O Mother of God, Thy womb is become a holy table bearing the Heavenly Bread, even Christ our God; whereof he that eateth shall not die, even as He Who giveth food to all hath said.

Vouchsafe us thy gifts, O Virgin Theotokos, overlooking our iniquities, and granting healing unto them that with faith receive thy blessing, O immaculate one.

It is truly meet to call thee blest, the Theotokos, the ever-blessed and all-immaculate and Mother of our God. More honourable than the Cherubim, and beyond compare more glorious than the Seraphim, thee who without corruption gavest birth to God the Word, the very Theotokos, thee do we magnify.

Then:

Thou hast gladdened us, O Lord, by Thy deeds, and in the works of Thy hands have we rejoiced. The light of Thy countenance, O Lord, hath been signed upon us; Thou hast given gladness to our hearts. From the fruit of wheat, wine, and oil have we been filled; in peace in the same place shall we lie down and sleep, for Thou, O Lord, alone hast made us to dwell in hope.

Glory; both now. Lord, have mercy (thrice). Holy Father, bless.

The priest: God be with us, by His grace and love for man, always, now and ever, and unto the ages of ages.

And we say: Amen.
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« Reply #3 on: February 24, 2010, 02:46:34 PM »

The eyes of all look to Thee with hope and Thou hast given them their food in due season. Thou openest thy hand and fillest every living thing with Thy favor.
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« Reply #4 on: February 24, 2010, 02:52:17 PM »

The sign of the Cross would be enough, I think, for regular meals.
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