Lord Jesus, Be Our Holy Guest

Lord Jesus, be our holy Guest,
Our morning Joy, our evening Rest;
And with our daily bread impart
Your love and peace to every heart. Amen.

Source: Slightly modified from “Forms of Grace before Meat,” The Book of Common Worship, Henry Van Dyke, editor, Presbyterian Board of Publication and Sabbath-School Work, 1906, p. 167.

According to The Catholic Prayer Book (Servant Books, 1986, p. 216), this prayer was used by President Dwight Eisenhower.

“Lord Jesus, be our holy Guest” may be based on a German prayer:

Wir bitten, Herr, sei unserm Haus
ein steter Gast, tagein, tagaus,
und hilf, dass wir der Gaben wert,
die deine Güte uns beschert.

A literal translation:

We pray, Lord, be in our house
a constant guest, day-in, day-out,
and grant that we be worthy of your gifts
which your mercy gives us.

Table Prayer Cube

Table Prayer Cube

Right click on this link to download a pdf.   Cut on the solid lines, fold on the dotted lines. Glue on the tabs. Completed cube looks like this:

Prayer Cube.jpg

I got this idea from a German table prayer cube I found on the Internet.

Information on the cube’s prayers can be found at the following links:

The Fruits of Earth Come from God’s Hand

Bread comes from grain,
grain grown in sun,
lit when creation
was begun.
The fruits of the earth
come from God’s hand.
May his light shine
in every land.

Source: Traditional German table prayer, freely translated for A Collection of Prayers © 2017

Das Brot vom Korn,
das Korn vom Licht,
das Licht aus Gottes

Die Frucht der Erde
aus Gottes Schein,
lass Licht auch werden
im Herzen mein.

A literal translation:

The bread from grain,
the grain from light,
the light from God’s countenance.
The fruits of the earth
are from God’s brilliance.
Let the light also
be in my heart.

Graces from the Book of Common Worship (1906)

The Lord make us grateful for all his mercies, and add his blessing, for Christ’s sake. Amen.

Almighty God who provides for us, nourish our souls with the Bread of Life in Jesus Christ. Amen.

Bless us, O Lord, as we bless you when we receive your gift of daily bread. Amen.

The Lord bless this food to our use and us to his service. Amen.

Lord, help us to receive all good things as from your hand and to use them to your praise. Amen.

Heavenly Father, make us thankful to you and mindful of others as we receive these blessings, in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Father in heaven, sustain our bodies with this food, our hearts with true friendship, and our souls with your truth, for Christ’s sake. Amen.

Source: Slightly modified from “Forms of Grace before Meat,” The Book of Common Worship, Henry Van Dyke, editor, Presbyterian Board of Publication and Sabbath-School Work, 1906, p. 167.

Another prayer, “Lord Jesus, be our holy Guest” has been given its own page.


Table Graces by Matthew Henry

matthewhenryAn address to God before a meal.

O Lord our God, in you we live and move and have our being and from you we receive all the supports and comforts of our being. You spread our table and fill our cup and comfort us with the gifts of your goodness from day to day. We depend on you and owe everything to you. Pardon our sins, sanctify the good things you have created for our use, and give us grace to receive them soberly and thankfully, and to eat and drink not to ourselves, but to your glory; through Jesus Christ our blessed Lord and Savior. Amen.


Gracious God, you are the protector and preserver of the whole creation. You have fed us all our lives to this day with food convenient for us, even though we are evil and unthankful. Forgive all our sins by which we have forfeited all your mercies, and let us see our forfeited right restored in Christ Jesus. Give us a taste of your unfailing love in everyday mercies and to use these and all our creature comforts to the glory of our great Benefactor; through the grace of our great Redeemer. Amen.

An address to God after a meal. 

Blessed be the Lord who daily loads us with his benefits and gives us all things richly to enjoy, though we serve him but poorly. O Lord, we thank you for present refreshments in the use of the good things you have created, and for your love to our souls in Jesus Christ, which sweetens all things. Pardon our sins, continue to do us good, provide for the poor that are destitute of daily food, fit us for your whole will, and be our God and guide and portion forever; through Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. Amen.


We thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, for all the gifts both of your providence and of your grace; for those blessings which relate to the life we now have, and of the life to come, and for the use of the good things you have created at this time. Make complete, O God, all that we need. Nourish our souls with the bread of life to life eternal, and let us be those who will eat bread in the kingdom of our Father; for Christ Jesus’ sake, our Lord and Savior. Amen.

Source: Modified from Miscellaneous Writings of Matthew Henry, (Wikipedia: Matthew Henry, d. 1714)