Some popular mealtime invocations are "Bless Us, Oh Lord," "May All Be Fed," "An Invocation," "Thanks for Family and Friends" and "Beloved Stranger." Each of these invocations shows gratitude to God.
"Bless Us, Oh Lord" is a mealtime invocation that calls for participants to thank God for the gift of food. This prayer occurs before the meal and indicates that participants truly appreciate what they have received. The prayer "May All Be Fed," written by John Robbins, is about wishing and hoping for the happiness and health of other people.
"An Invocation" is a long piece written by Izola White, and it calls for God to bless the participants to generally become better people. The participants ask God to help them balance their lives in times of distraction, help them to contribute to their communities, support them in times of loneliness, provide them with a great sense of humor and help them accept other people's cultures. This prayer also thanks God for the generosity of a warm meal. "Thanks for Family and Friends" is an invocation calling for participants to appreciate everything that they have received, including food on the table and people with which they can eat and rejoice.