A prayer before preparing Thanksgiving dinner

This week the United States celebrates the Thanksgiving Holiday. I’m always reminded of the Martha-Mary Gospel story during these days (I tend to be Martha). But why must we choose to be one or the other, or why does one way need to be better than the other? It seems that these holiday gatherings call us to be equal parts both.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your families, near and far!

A prayer before preparing Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner
(based on Luke 10:27, 38-42)

Lord, you know
all the things that still
need to be done—
the cooking and cleaning, the preparation
and anticipation,
the anxiety and worry that everything
will be just right.
As I prepare this meal, help me also
to prepare myself
that I may not be distracted
by all these concerns.
And when you enter
this home and sit
at this table,
may I sit beside you
and remember
that only one thing is needed:
to love you with all my heart, with all my being,
with all my strength, and with all my mind,
and to love my neighbor as myself. Amen.

This prayer by Diana Macalintal originally appeared in Today’s Parish Minister, Vol. 39, No. 7, November/December, 2007.
Copyright © 2007, Diana Macalintal. All rights reserved.
Photo: courtesy of Jermaine Justice, via flickr, CreativeCommons license.


  1. Thank you for this beautiful prayer, Diana! I tend to be a “Martha” too and have great difficulty being a “Mary”, so I will try to remember this as I prepare!

  2. What a wonderful prayer Diana, that was a great Job, in praeparare your tongue for Practice during the preparing for Thanks Giving Meal.

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