Prayers at Meal times

Before and after meals, we thank God for the food we eat and for providing the means to produce this food. We also thank Him for the people whose labour has put the food on our table from the time of sowing the seeds in the earth to the moment the food is placed on our table.


Table Prayers


God of love, Creator of all,

this food does not come to us without cost.

It comes to us through human effort,

and we are thankful.

Even more so, this food comes to us as a gift of the earth.

Creation has given itself so that our lives can be sustained,

and we are thankful.

In our gratitude,

we acknowledge the true cost of this food.

And in our prayer to you, O God,

Help us renew our commitment to care for the earth. Amen.

- by Fr. Francis Cotter ofm 


All praise be Yours, my Lord,

through Sister Earth our Mother,

by whom you give us food and drink

and care for all our needs.

All praise be Yours

through Christ our Lord. Amen.

- prayed by the Irish Franciscan friars



Laudato Si'

mi' Signore 


Praised be You

my Lord

with all

Your creatures

- St. Francis