Catholic Prayer: Advent Table Blessing 2
These prayers are used from the Saturday preceding the First Sunday of Advent through Christmas Eve. They could be included in the ceremony of lighting the Advent wreath.
BEFORE THE MEAL
Leader: The victory of the Lord is near, already it is close, his salvation shall not be delayed. A voice cries: "Prepare in the wilderness a way for the Lord. Clear a highway across the desert for our God."
ALL: Every valley shall be lifted up, every mountain and hill brought low.
Leader: All-powerful God, look kindly on us, bless this table and unite us to all people everywhere who wait for the coming of your Son. We ask this through Christ our Lord.
AFTER THE MEAL
Leader: We thank you, Giver of all good gifts, for the grace of life renewed, the strength of life together and the promise of life to come, through Christ our Lord.
ALL: Amen.Prayer Source: Prayers at Meals by Michael Kwatera, O.S.B. and Dietrich Reinhart, O.S.B., The Liturgical Press