What Is a Banquet Invocation Prayer?

Banquet invocation prayers are offered at communal gatherings and banquets around the world and can address a variety of issues, such as the completion of a fundraising drive or an upcoming election, according to Reference.com. Some banquet invocation prayers tell stories, and these prayers usually vocalize a theme of “thanksgiving.”

A banquet invocation prayer is generally led by a religious cleric, such as a priest or rabbi. The cleric might read from a text, recite a passage or just simply say a few lines before everyone enjoys the banquet meal. Teachers and coaches are also known to give banquet invocation prayers. A banquet is generally for a specific event or cause, and the banquet invocation prayer often asks for the event or cause to be blessed.