Blessing for Meals

Similar to Oxbridge customs.

A: The eyes of all wait upon thee, O Lord;
B: And thou givest them their meat in due season.
A: Thou openest thine hand,
B: And fillest all things living with plenteousness.

Then the prayer following.

Bless us, O Lord, which through thy goodness are about to receive thy gifts, and grant that being by them healthfully nourished, we may be enabled to show our bounden duty toward thee; through Christ our Lord. Amen.

The meal ended, this General Thanksgiving shall be read; or else the head shall say, Blessed be the Blessed One, and the people answer, Amen.

Almighty God, Father of all mercies, We thine unworthy servants do give thee most humble and hearty thanks For all thy goodness and loving-kindness To us, and to all men; We bless thee for our creation, preservation, and all the blessings of this life; But above all, for thine inestimable love In the redemption of the world by our Lord Jesus Christ; For the means of grace, And for the hope of glory. And, we beseech thee, give us that due sense of all thy mercies, That our hearts may be unfeignedly thankful, And that we shew forth thy praise, Not only with our lips, but in our lives; By giving up ourselves to thy service, And by walking before thee in holiness and righteousness all our days; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom with thee and the Holy Ghost be all honour and glory, world without end. Amen.

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