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Any ideas for a prayer before the reception meal?

Beginning the meal with grace is a wonderful way to begin your reception meal.  You might ask a grandfather or one of the fathers to say the prayer.  They will probably be honored to be asked.   The prayer can be short and simple.  He might thank the Lord for the two of you and for His presence with you that day, ask God's blessing on your future together, then bless the food.   It doesn't have to be long as long as it is sincere.

Also there are various prayers that you can recite, we've included some examples below:

~Heavenly Father, we ask you to bless this food and those who prepared it and those who will serve it. We also ask your blessing on Bride and Groom who have come to you this day to unite themselves to you in love and sacrament, and upon their families. In Jesus' love.... Amen.

~For good food and those who prepare it, for good friends with whom to share it, we thank you Lord. and for the love which N and N have for each other, we thank you .... Amen

~Most Holy, Righteous and everywhere present God, our Father who art in Heaven, we ask thy blessing upon this food. Bless the hearts and hands that provide the same. And when it is ours to pass from time to eternity, own us and crown us heirs to Thy kingdom. These favors and blessings we ask in the name of Christ, our Great Redeemer. Amen.

~For sumptuous food and tender roast,
For the invitation from our gracious host;
For [bride's name] who [bridegroom's name] loves the most;
Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost Amen

~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. (Source: 1928 Book of Common Prayer)

~Bless O Lord this food {these gifts} to our use and us to thy loving service; and keep us ever mindful of the needs of others. Amen.

~Bless, O Lord, this food for thy use, and make us ever mindful of the wants and needs of others. Amen

~Bless O Lord, this food to our use,
And us to thy loving service;
And make us ever mindful of the needs of others,
For Jesus' sake. Amen.

~Bless this food to our use, and us to thy service, and make us ever mindful of the needs of others. Amen.

~For the bounty laid before us, may the Lord make us thankful, and ever mindful of the needs of others. Amen

~Let us lift our eyes toward the sanctuary of heaven and bless the Lord. Blessed art Thou, O Lord our God, King of the Universe, who has sanctified us with Thy commandments and brought forth this food from the earth. (+)Bless us, O Lord, and these Thy gifts which we are about to receive from thy bounty, through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Best wishes to you.
Glenna Tooman, Wedding Consultant
Memory Makers Event Planning LLC



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