Blessing of the Easter Family Meal

Leader: O Lord, bless this food created by You, that it may be a means of nourishment and festivity for us as we rejoice over the Easter victory of Your Son. May each of us who partake of this food be renewed in body, mind and spirit. And may we be strengthened to share the good news of Easter with others. This we ask through Jesus Christ, risen, now and forever.

All: Amen.


Let there be peace on earth, and let it begin with me
Let there be peace on earth, the peace that was meant to be
With God as our Father, brothers all are we
Let me walk with my brother in perfect harmony.

Let peace begin with me, let this be the moment now
With ev’ry step I take , let this be my solemn vow
To take each moment and live each moment in peace eternally
Let there be peace on earth , and let it begin with me.

Continue lighting your family Easter candle daily at meals during the 50-day period of rejoicing of Easter . ( Easter ends on the day before Pentecost) The following prayer may be said as you light your candle.

Leader: Father, You give us food to share that we might be nourished and strengthened. Above all, You have given us Your Son, Jesus, who gave His life and continue to give His life as food to many. May our gratitude for this food give You praise, through Jesus, the Bread of Life.

All: Amen.
(from the "Lenten Prayer Guide for the Family")