Table Liturgies

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Table Liturgies will soon be available here in Spanish and French also.


The collection of Table Liturgies is intended for those who wish to use a Grace before meals that recalls the meals Jesus celebrated with his followers. Some will regard them as Agapes; others will understand them as Eucharists. When we eat bread and drink wine in memory of Jesus, we are doing what he asked us to do. These liturgies have all been used by small groups of Catholics in the UK over the years and modified as necessary.

Before the meal begins and all are seated, it is desirable that a small piece of bread be prepared on a small dish, which can be broken and passed round, as well as some wine, which can be poured into individual glasses at the appropriate moment if this has not already been done.

These short celebrations work best when each numbered item is said by a different person rather than the proceedings being dominated by one person.

Some are very brief and ancient, such as FROM THE PSALTER and THE JEWISH BLESSINGS.   Others belong to the first century of the Christian era, such as COME JESUS SAVIOUR and BROKEN BREAD.  The liturgy AT TABLE,  comes from the 1984 Vatican De Benedictionibus [Book of Blessings, ET 1987] and others have been written by modern-day Christians.

These liturgies therefore make heavy use of the work of others, ancient and modern, and some of these are listed in the bibliography at the end of this booklet in OTHER RESOURCES.


Simon Bryden-Brook

1 November 2011