Orthopraxy – Prayer At Mealtime (Part 1)

From our weekly bulletin at St. Andrew Orthodox Church


Prayer is the constant companion of the Orthodox, alone, in community during worship in the church, and of course, with family.  Although you may have a family prayer, did you know that there are also separate prayers that the Church prescribes for each meal of the day?  We’ll look at these over the next three weeks starting with the prayer before the evening meal.

Prayer:  The poor shall eat and be filled, and they that 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 forever and to the ages of ages. Amen. Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. (if a priest is present, say “Father, bless”and he will finish the prayer.  Otherwise finish with:) Through the prayers of our holy fathers, Lord Jesus Christ our God, have mercy on us. Amen.

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