Before Dinner

[Everyone stands facing the holy icons]

The poor shall eat and be filled, and they that seek the Lord shall praise Him; their hearts shall live for ever and ever.

+ Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, both now and ever, and unto the ages of ages. Amen.

Lord, have mercy.  Lord, have mercy.  Lord, have mercy.

[If a priest is present, he says the blessing]

+  O Christ our God, bless the food and drink of Thy servants, for Thou art holy, always, now and ever, and unto the ages of ages. Amen.

[But if there is no priest, say]

+ Through the prayers of our holy Fathers, Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy on us. Amen

After Dinner

Thou hast gladdened us, O Lord, by Thy deeds, and in the works of Thy hands have we 
rejoiced. 
The light of Thy countenance, O Lord, hath been signed upon us; Thou hast given gladness to our hearts. 
From the fruit of wheat, wine, and oil have we been filled; in peace in the same place shall we lie down and sleep, for Thou, O Lord, alone hast made us to dwell in hope.

+ Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit; both now and ever, and unto the ages of ages.  Amen.

Lord, have mercy.  Lord, have mercy.  Lord, have mercy.

[If a priest is present, he says the blessing of the meal]

+ God is with us, He that hath mercy and nourisheth us by His grace and love for man, always, now and ever, and unto the ages of ages.  Amen.

[But if there is no priest, say]

+ Through the prayer of our holy Fathers, Lord Jesus Christ our God, have mercy on us.  Amen