Catholic Prayer: Advent Table Blessing 3
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 Savior does not call out or lift his voice high, nor does he make himself heard in the open streets. But a voice comes before him saying: "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: Lord, bless the food we are about to eat and bless the cooks (name them) who have labored to prepare it. Make us all a sign of the One who is to come. We make this prayer in his name, both now and for ever.
AFTER THE MEAL
Leader: Give us grateful hearts, our Father, for all your mercies and grant us the grace to love others as fully as you have loved us, 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