Prayer Before Meals

Prayer Before Meals July 27, 2016


Who does that? Who plants a HYDRANGEA right next to an established bush? Clearly an idiot. What kind of groundskeeper does the Cathedral employ? A poor one, that’s for sure.

These were the thoughts running through my mind as I entered the cool marble interior of the Mother Theodore Guerin Chapel and dipped my fingers in the glass holy water font. Making my way to an empty pew, I ranted on. And on.

Being so distracted, it’s really no wonder that when I made the Sign of the Cross, the first words to bubble through my silent lips were, “Bless us, O Lord, and these Thy gifts…”

Now who’s the idiot?

I mentally slapped myself. Get ahold of yourself. It’s not supper time.

Or is it?

Really, could there be any more appropriate prayer to pray before our most sacred supper?

Bless us, O Lord,
and these Thy gifts (of bread and wine, soon to be transformed into Thy most Holy Son, who is the best and most enduring gift),
Which we are about to receive
From Thy bounty,
Through Christ, Our Lord.

Amen, indeed.


Image credit: The very hydrangea, from the author’s handy phone camera.

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