Grace Before A Celebration Meal

God of abundant providence,
you who graciously provide for our every need,
we praise and thank you.
Trinity of the heavenly feast,
you reveal to us in your very nature the true joy
and vigour of celebration.
We ask your blessing on this special gathering.
God of mercy,
you who invite the poor and the sick to your table,
we ask your blessing on all who are in need
at this time.
Give us generous hearts to share our gifts
and our resources,
and encourage us in our efforts to be
people of hospitality.
This prayer we make in the name of Jesus,
and in the spirit of Catherine McAuley.