Orthodox prayer before and after meals

Prayer after eating food Thank you, Christ our God, for if you have filled us with your earthly blessings, do not deprive us of your heavenly kingdom. (Thank you, Christ our God that you have filled us with earthly blessings (food), do not deprive us and eternal bliss.) You - You,

Prayer before eating

Prayer before partaking of food Our Father, Already eat in heaven! Hallowed be Thy name, may Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done, as in heaven and on earth. Give us our daily bread today, and leave our debts to us, just like we leave our debtor, and do not lead us into temptation,

Prayer after eating

Prayer after eating food Thank you, Christ our God, for if you have filled us with earthly blessings, do not deprive us of your heavenly kingdom, but as if in the midst of your disciples came, save, give peace to them, come to us and save

About the need for prayer

Many saints expressed their opinion about the need for such prayer in their writings. Among the most famous are:

  • John of Kronstadt,
  • Athanasius the Great,
  • Tikhon Zadonsky,
  • Alexey Mechev,
  • Seraphim Vyritsky.

So St. Seraphim said that we often get sick because we stopped praying before eating, and we cook food with bad thoughts. Alexei Mechev asked each time during the meal to separate a piece of food and give it to those who really need it. John of Kronstadt did not advise sitting at the table after a quarrel or in an irritated state. This attitude will contribute to the development of diseases. In Orthodoxy, prayer before meals and after meals has existed since ancient times, but over time, it was forgotten during the hours of the struggle with Orthodoxy. It is good that now this tradition is reviving again.

Prayer before and after eating

Each family has its own customs and traditions. And reading prayers before and after meals is also different in every family. In some families, the oldest member of the family reads the prayer, secondly, the youngest, and in the third, all in turn. Also in the kitchen you can place the icon of the Virgin of Grain. If representatives of a different religion are sitting at the table with you, then reading a prayer, as well as baptizing food, is considered inappropriate. Since it can cause embarrassment for them. They also believe that it is not brought up to read aloud a prayer at a party or in the workplace. This is even more true when you are not sure what kind of faith the masters profess.

Our Father. Lord's Prayer

Now, Ours, Even in heaven! Thy name be holy, Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, as it is in heaven and on earth. Our daily bread, give us this day, and leave us our debt, just as we leave our debt, and did not bring us into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

Transfer: Our Father in heaven! Hallowed be Thy name, may Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us our daily bread to this day, And forgive us our debts, just as we forgive our debtors, And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.

Or you can read this prayer

They all trust in You, Lord, and You give them food in due time, open Thy generous hand and fulfill all lifely good will (lines of Psalm 144). 1

Transfer: The eyes of all trust in You, Lord, and You give them their food in due time, open Your hand and fill all that live by grace.

To the blessing of food and drink to the laity

Read right after one of the prayers above

Lord, Jesus Christ, our Lord, bless us to pray and drink with your prayers, Your Most Holy Matter and all Your Saints, as blessed forever and ever. Amen. (And crossover food and drink)

Transfer: Lord Jesus Christ, our God, bless us with food and drink through the prayers of your Most Holy Mother and all your saints, for you have been blessed forever and ever. Amen.

Prayer after meal 1

Thank you, Christ our God, for he has filled the earthly blessings on you, not to lose us and the heavens of thy kingdom, but only by the way did your disciples come and receive them.

Transfer: We thank you, Christ our God, that you have filled us with your earthly blessings. Do not deprive us of Your Kingdom of Heaven, but as You, the Savior, appearing in the midst of Your disciples, granting peace to them, come to us, and save us.

Prayer at the memorial meal

If priest is present at the funeral feast, then the usual requiem lithium is performed first, after which it is sung Oo our ... and the blessing of the meal follows.

If there is no priest among those present, then after three ordinary nods:

In the prayers of our holy father, Lord Jesus Christ is our God, have mercy on us. Amen.

Transfer: By the prayers of our holy fathers, Lord Jesus Christ, our God, have mercy on us. Amen.

Holy God, Holy Strong, Holy Immortal, have mercy on us (Three times with bows.)

Transfer: Holy God, Holy Mighty, Holy Immortal, have mercy on us.

Glory, and now. 2 Amen. Holy Trinity, have mercy on us, Lord, cleanse our sins, Lord, forgive our lawlessness, Holy, visit and heal the weaknesses of our name, for Your sake.

Transfer: Glory to the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit, now and always, and forever and ever. Amen. Holy Trinity, have mercy on us, Lord, forgive our sins, Lord, forgive our iniquities, Holy One, visit and heal our weaknesses, for thy name's sake.

Lord have mercy (Thrice).

Glory, and now. Amen.

O our Father, even as you are in heaven! Thy name be holy, Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, as it is in heaven and on earth. Our daily bread, give us this day, and leave us our debt, just as we leave our debt, and did not bring us into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

Transfer: Our Father in heaven! Hallowed be Thy name, may Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us our daily bread to this day, And forgive us our debts, just as we forgive our debtors, And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.

And the funeral troparia: C about the spirit of the righteous who died the soul of thy servant (Thy slaves), Thank you, repose, preserving you in a blessed life, even with you, more humane.

Transfer: With the spirits of the righteous who have died the soul of Your servant (Your servant), the Savior, rest in peace, preserving it in a blissful life, the one that You have, the Man-lover.

In thy grace, Lord, ideally all thy holy ones rest, rest and soul of thy servant (Thy slaves), as the only One is a lover.

Transfer: In the place of your repose, Lord, where all your saints find peace, repose and the soul of your servant (your servants), for You alone are a Humane.

Glory: You are God who descended into hell and the bonds of the bound prisoners, permissive. Sam and the soul of thy servant (Thy slaves) repose.

Transfer: You are our God, who has descended into hell and stopped the torment of prisoners, Himself and the soul of Your servant (Your servants) rest.

And now: the One Pure and Immaculate Virgin, the God without seed, who begs, pray to be saved to his soul (her).

Transfer: The One Pure and Immaculate Virgin, Who wore God in the womb indescribably, petition for the salvation of the soul of Your servant (Your servant).

Then this prayer is said three times with 15 bows: P oman, Lord, soul of your servant of Thy (deceased thy slave) name (bow). The tree in life hath sinned like a man, But you, like the Lover of God, have mercy (bow), and forever suffer forever (bow), and the Kingdom of Heaven is a participant (partaker) of the Kingdom (bow), and to our souls have created the useful (bow).

After this, it is sung or read as a pre-prayer prayer, Our prayer is followed by the invocation of God's blessing for a meal at the order for the laity.

At the beginning of the funeral feast, before the other meals, everyone is invited to drink. And before the last sweet dish, which is traditionally served jelly with milk (on fasting days with almond or poppy seeds), - the so-called beer is brought in - a sweet non-alcoholic drink. In conclusion, everyone gets up and, if the meal is performed on the day of burial or commemoration: on the 9th, 20th, 40th days after death and on the first anniversary - they sing to the voice of the 6th:

Visually, the voice is mute, / and lifeless present, / cry for me, brothers and friends, / relatives and friends: / last night’s blessing with you, / and suddenly you’re all over the room / kiss me with a late kiss, / not much with you like / or any other person, / to Judge more than leave, / ideally have the face: / slave and the master will have peace / peace and blessedness / peace, God willing Every time from their deeds / or glorified, or shamed. / But about all and pray / Pray without ceasing for me to Christ God, / but not demoted (relegated) will by my sin on the place of torment, / but yeah seized of me, idezhe Animal World.

Transfer: Seeing me lying silently and lifeless in front of you (lying silently and lifeless in front of you), cry (all) about me: brothers and friends, relatives and acquaintances: after all, yesterday I talked with you, and suddenly the terrible hour of death overtook me. But come, everyone who loves me, and kiss me with the last kiss: after all, I will not go with you already, or to interview in the future. For I am leaving to the Judge, where there is no respect for person: after all, a slave and a lord are standing there together, a king and a warrior, rich and poor in equal dignity: for everyone from his work will either be glorified or ashamed. But I ask everyone and I pray to pray continually for me to Christ God, that I should not be relegated (I have not been relegated) from my sins to the place of torment, but may He put me where the light of life is.

If commemoration is performed in cases other than those listed, it is sung stichera, voice 8th:

I cry and sob, / I always think of death, / and I see in a tomb lying / in the image of God created by our beauty, / ugly, dumb, / not having a look. / Oh miracle! Is there anything else about us that there is a sacrament? / How am I glad of corruption, / What is the conjugal death? / Indeed God is under command, / It is also written that there is, / Letting the bereaved (interrupted) repose.

Transfer: I cry and cry when I imagine death and see in the tombs lying in the image of God created by our beauty ugly, inglorious, not having a look. Oh miracle! What is this mystery that has happened over us? How were we devoted to corruption? How were they combined with death? Verily, by the command of God, as it is written, He gives repose to the repose.

Then Priest: In the blessed accomplishment of the servant of God (slave to God) name that has disappeared (interrupted) everlasting memory.

Transfer: In blissful assurances, give eternal peace, Lord, to your dead servant (your dead servant), and make him (or her) eternal memory!)

In the absence of priest, the elder of the laity: Abu God (slave to God) to the reposed (interrupted) everlasting memory.

All: Everlasting memory (thrice).

They drink a funeral bowl and eat the last dish. The meal ends with the usual thanksgiving.

Prayer for the blessing of Easter

Lord Jesus Christ is Our God, according to the great tribulation of the Cross and the sufferings of Your joy, the immense triumphant Sunday of all is fulfilled! We thank you, who have blessed you today and us, who, after fasting, have accomplished, attain the holy days and joy in the mercy of your resurrection. We thank You, as if by Your mercy and unrepeatable condescension to the weak we comforted us and the feast of rejoicing in the reinforcement and delight of the weak. Wherefore, we pray Thee, bless this Easter bread, mammalian ogustevshee, eggs and other paskhalnyya eatables, chiefly these, from nihzhe, obeying the rules of the Church, in mimoshedshie days of fasting refrain thy servants, so shall they eat them with thanksgiving for the health, in support of the forces of corporal , in joy and joy, but all contentment is wealthy, and we are richer in good deeds, and from the fullness of the gracious heart, I thank you very much, Rising and comforting, certainly, The Father and the Holy Spirit forever and ever. Amen.

This prayer can be read by a priest or the oldest present at the first festive meal instead of the usual blessing formula..

A different prayer with a meager Easter meal

Lord Jesus Christ is Our God, according to the great tribulation of the Cross and Your sufferings, all the joys of the immense triumphant Sunday are fulfilled! We thank Ty, who blessed you and God, who, after fasting, to attain the holy days and joy in the resurrection of your partakers. We pray to you: bless and consecrate these breads, and even your servants, because of your poverty along with the Easter of the bridegroom, and before Your Holy Face brought. May they taste them faithful in sweetness and comfort, and the poverty of the meal may not overshadow the joyful joy of Your people. The Holy Sunday and the scattered will be all sorrows and sorrows, and all the rich and the wretched, the abundant, and the poverty of those who praise Thy, Risen, and in the Lord, It will be a blessing to you. centuries. Amen.

Prayer for the blessing of the modest 3 meals on the feast of the Nativity of Christ

(read at the first festive meal instead of the usual blessing formula)

Lord Jesus Christ is Our God, the tormented salvation of our radiance on earth in the plane to appear and from the Sovereign and Blessed Virgin Mary to be born indefinitely! We thank Ty, who likewise blessed you with an effort to attain the great feast of your Nativity, and in the joy of the spirit with the angels sing praises, with blessings of praise. We thank you, who, according to your great mercy and immeasurable condescension to the weak, comfort us now not only with abundant spiritual food, but also with a feast of holyday.
T emzhe beseech Thee, otverzayuschago generous thy hand, ispolnyayuschago all living Your benefits dayuschago all food, proper time and the rules of the church, bless prazdnichnyya eatables, faithful to Thy people ugotovannyya, chiefly Sia, from nihzhe obeying the Charter of Thy Church, mimoshedshii days of fasting refrain Thy servants, that they may partake of them with thanks for health, for the strength of the bodily, in joy and joy. Yes, all we have, all wealth is wealthy, we will be richer in good deeds, and out of the fullness of the gracious heart of Thy kindness, the nourishing and comforting God, the Great and the Great One of the Great One are blessed. Amen.

Prayer for the blessing of farewell meals on the feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

(read at the first festive meal instead of the usual blessing formula)

Oh, Our Lady of God, Virgin of the Theotokos, and after Thy departure from the earth from the land of the Orthodox people, she does not leave, but visits us with her mercies, aggravating our joys, satisfying our sorrows! We thank you, who, even now, have given us joy to achieve the feast day of your honest Dormition, console yourself with the triumph of the church, delight in the spiritual praise and praise.We believe, Master, that, for your pleasure, the corporal comfort was granted to us - the feast of the holidays. The prayer of the Most Holy, Most Holy, Thy Son and God blessed, all blessings of the Giver, may He bless the holy days, most radiantly, obeying the Holy Religion, be kept very busy, in support of the strength of the bodily, in the joy and joy, and all of us, all body contentment, we are rich and blessed, and because of the fullness of the gracious heart, it doesn’t harm anyone to eat of the Divine Son of Christ our God, stupidly with His Fatherless and His Holy Spirit, and You, our Mother of the Blessed, the Presidency, the Helper and the Comforter, have little blessedness till the end of time. Amen.

(If the feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary happens on Wednesday or at heels, this prayer is read before the meal the next day).

Prayer for the blessing of fasting meals (on the feast of the supreme apostles Peter and Paul)

(read at the first festive meal instead of the usual blessing formula)

Lord Jesus Christ is our God! We thank Ty, who bestowed on you, in the fashion of the fasting of the holy apostles who have passed, to reach the feast day of the glorious First-Sovereigns Peter and Paul.
M olim Thee, otverzayuschago generous thy hand, to fulfill all living Your benefits dayuschago all food, proper time and the rules of the church, bless prazdnichnyya eatables, faithful to Thy people ugotovannyya, chiefly Sia, from nihzhe obeying the Charter of Thy Church, mimoshedshie days of fasting refrain slaves Yours, may they taste them with thanks for health, in support of the strength of the corporal, in joy and joy. Yes, we all have enough wealth, we are rife with prosperity and good deeds, and from the fullness of the gracious heart of Thy kindness, who nourishes and comforts us, but it is also the Great Church of the Great One. Amen.

(If the feast of the Supreme Apostles happens on Wednesday or at heels, this prayer is read before the meal the next day).

2 Reduction "Glory" should read like “Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit”. Abbreviation "And now": “Both now and forever, and forever and ever. Amen."

3 Fast food - products of animal origin that are not allowed in fasting: meat and dairy products, eggs.

Why pray before a meal?

Most often, as a prayer text pronounced before a meal, it is customary to read “Our Father”. However, in the prayer book you can find other prayers intended for this occasion. They recite the chosen prayer by heart.

Answering the question “Do I need to pray before eating food”, it is worth recalling the Lord’s command given by the Most High in the Old Testament:

And when you eat and be satisfied, then bless the Lord your God for the good land that He has given you. (Deut. 8:10)

Saying a prayer over food, we fulfill God's command and show gratitude for the daily bread sent to us.

Joint reading of the prayer text before eating makes relatives more united, turning the family into a small church. Of course, offering prayers in different families is different. Some say prayer words to themselves, while others, on the contrary, pray in chorus. Somewhere before meals, prayer chants are practiced, and someone is simply baptized. But no matter how we pray before food, the main thing is that the prayer is common and offered by the whole family.

In the case when everyone cannot read a prayer together (for example, when strangers are present at the meal, or not everyone in the family is Orthodox), you need to pray mentally. The same approach is applied in cases of eating in a restaurant or at social events.

At family feasts after the first toast, it is appropriate to say the prayer words “Many summers!”

Prayer before eating is crucial. After all, God himself encouraged us to do this. When offering a prayer, one should not thoughtlessly repeat the prayer text. It is better to open your heart to the Lord and thank him for giving us food and delicious food.

The Bible tells us that food is designed to maintain human vitality, but should not cause gluttony.

But look after yourself, lest your hearts be weighed down by cuddling .. (Luke 21:34)

When we offer a prayer over food, we set the right priorities: the first and most important thing for us is spirituality and only then bodily needs. Starting to eat food after prayer, we protect ourselves from gluttony, which is a sin. Food blessed by prayer does not harm the body and nourishes it with the necessary energy.

What prayers should I offer before eating?

In addition to “Our Father”, you can read the following prayer text before the meal:

The eyes of all on You, Lord, trust, and You give them food in good time, You open Your generous hand and fulfill all animal goodwill.

After completing the meal, the gentlemen should certainly thank the following prayer:

We thank you, our God of God, for if you have filled us with your earthly goods, do not deprive us of your heavenly kingdom, but as if in the midst of your disciples you have come, Savior, give peace to them, come to us and save us.

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