Gatha Before Eating

A thankful heart is not only the greatest virtue,
but the parent of all the other virtues.
~ Cicero

Gatha Before Eating

The joys and pains of all beings
are present in the gift of this food.
Let us receive it in love and gratitude…

And in mindfulness of our sisters and brothers
among living beings of every kind
who are hungry or homeless, sick or injured,
or suffering in any way.

(Buddhist prayer)

This Week’s Affirmation:

“I see all of the beauty and grace which is around me with loving gratitude.”

(For more on Affirmations, go to my Affirmations Page.)

Prayer for Tuesday (Ostara / Mabon)

Today is the Pagan/Wiccan cross-quarter holiday of Ostara (or Mabon if you are in the Southern Hemisphere.)

Great Mother,
we thank you for this food which has come from your bounty.
We thank you for all of your gifts that sustain us.
We receive all your gifts with gratitude and joy.
Blessed Be.

This Week’s Affirmation:

“I eat only that which my body requires.”

(For more on Affirmations, go to my Affirmations Page.)

Prayer for Monday

In the name of God, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.
In the name of the compassionate and beneficent God,
With Allah’s name and upon the blessings granted by Allah do we eat.

(Muslim blessing before eating)
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He is God! Thou seest us, O my God, gathered around this table, praising Thy bounty, with our gaze set upon Thy Kingdom. O Lord! Send down upon us Thy heavenly food and confer upon us Thy blessing. Thou art verily the Bestower, the Merciful, the Compassionate.

(Bahá’í food blessing by ‘Abdu’l-Bahá)

This Week’s Affirmation:

“I eat only that which my body requires.”

(For more on Affirmations, go to my Affirmations Page.)

Prayer for Sunday (Mothering Sunday)

Today is Mothering Sunday, a Christian festival celebrated throughout Europe that falls on the 4th Sunday in Lent.

Come Lord Jesus, be our guest,
and let these gifts to us be blessed.

(attributed to Martin Luther, 16th century)
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The poor shall eat and be satisfied, and those who seek the Lord shall praise Him; their hearts shall live forever!
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever and unto ages of ages. Amen.

Lord, have mercy! (3 times)

O Christ God, bless the food and drink of Thy servants, for Thou art holy, always, now and ever and unto ages of ages. Amen.

(Orthodox Christian blessing before supper)

This Week’s Affirmation:

“I eat only that which my body requires.”

(For more on Affirmations, go to my Affirmations Page.)

Prayer for Saturday (St. Patrick of Ireland)

Bless, O Lord, this food we are about to eat; and we pray You, O God, that it may be good for our body and soul; and if there be any poor creature hungry or thirsty walking along the road, send them into us that we can share the food with them, just as You share your gifts with all of us.

(traditional Irish blessing)
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May this food restore our strength, giving new energy to tired limbs, new thoughts to weary minds. May this drink restore our souls, giving new vision to dry spirits, new warmth to cold hearts. And once refreshed, may we give new pleasure to You, who gives us all.

(Anonymous Irish Grace)

This Week’s Affirmation:

“My body is healthier and stronger everyday.”

(For more on Affirmations, go to my Affirmations Page.)

Prayer for Friday

In the name of God, bestower of all good things, the generous spirited, and loving. Here we revere Ahura Mazda who created the animals and grains, who created waters, and plants who created lights of the sky and the earth and all good things.

(Zoroastrian blessing before a meal)
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May the Lord accept this, our offering, and bless our food that it may bring us strength in our body, vigor in our mind, and selfless devotion in our hearts for His service.

(Hindu meal blessing by Swami Paramananda)

This Week’s Affirmation:

“My body is healthier and stronger everyday.”

(For more on Affirmations, go to my Affirmations Page.)

Prayer for Thursday

The Jewish traditions have many blessings for food and drink, based on a number of criteria. You can read more about this at siddur.org.

Daily Blessings: Eating Snacks
Under ordinary circumstances, a “snack” is any eating that does not include bread. Different classes of food have different blessings that are recited before eating them. There are five different blessings that may pertain to snacks.

Mezzonot:
Before eating foods (other than bread) made from wheat, barley, oats, rye, or spelt (such as cake, cookies, cereals, crackers, pies and pastry) recite:

Blessed are You, HaShem, our G-d, King of the Universe,
who creates variety of sustenance.

Hagafen:
Before drinking grape wine or grape juice:

Blessed are You, HaShem, our G-d, King of the Universe,
who creates the fruit of the vine.

Ha-Eitz:
Before eating a cultivated plant’s “essential” produce that grows attached to permanent limbs or stalks (such as most fruits, including grapes and olives, and most nuts):

Blessed are You, HaShem, our G-d, King of the Universe,
who creates the fruit of the tree.

Ha-Adamah:
Before eating a cultivated plant’s “essential” produce that grows attached to limbs or stalks that are regrown each year (such as vegetables, herbs, beans, corn, peanuts, rice, and bananas):

Blessed are You, HaShem, our G-d, King of the Universe,
who creates the fruit of the earth.

She-ha-kol
Before eating or drinking any other foods (such as water, meat, fish, dairy, mushrooms, and all beverages other than wine and olive oil, including fruit juice):

Blessed are You, HaShem, our G-d, King of the Universe,
by whose word everything comes to be.

(Source: siddur.org)

This Week’s Affirmation:

“My body is healthier and stronger everyday.”

(For more on Affirmations, go to my Affirmations Page.)