GRACE BEFORE MEALS:
during this sacred season of penance
we thank you for your many gifts,
especially for our trials and sufferings.
The Cross of your Son
reveals the depth of your love for us.
As we come together to share this meal,
bless us with that love.
Purify the grace we pray so that we may see
how everything is a grace.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
GRACE AFTER MEALS:
Father of Love,
the nourishment of this meal fills us with new strength.
May we use that strength to spread the love of Christ
to the poor and those in need,
and to remain always grateful to your Son
who laid down his life for us,
for Jesus is our Lord, now and for ever.