Catholic Prayer: Lent Table Blessing 3
These prayers are used from Ash Wednesday through Wednesday of Holy Week.
BEFORE THE MEAL
Leader: Now is the time to lay down fear and purify our love through serving others. Though our sins are like scarlet, they shall be white as snow.
ALL: Though they are red as crimson, they shall be made like wool.
Leader: God, holy and strong, bless this food and give us strength to bring your love to those in suffering and pain (especially __________). We ask this through Christ our Lord.
AFTER THE MEAL
Leader: We thank you, Lord, for calling us, for nourishing us that we might sacrifice ourselves. To you, God of the poor and the lowly, we pledge our strength, both now and for ever.
ALL: Amen.Prayer Source: Prayers at Meals by Michael Kwatera, O.S.B. and Dietrich Reinhart, O.S.B., The Liturgical Press