The song Be Present At Our Table, Lord is one of several that can be sung as an English or Norwegian table prayer at meals. As an predominately Lutheran country since 1537, to say this song has a long tradition in Norway is no exaggeration!
The music is attributed to the Genevan Psalter (a song book) in 1551 and the original lyrics were written by British hymnist John Cennick in 1741.
Lyrics To Be Present At Our Table Lord In English
Be present at our table, Lord;
Be here and everywhere adored;
Thy creatures bless, and grant that we
May feast in paradise with Thee.
We thank Thee, Lord, for this our food,
For life and health and every good;
By Thine own hand may we be fed;
Give us each day our daily bread.
We thank Thee, Lord, for this our good,
But more because of Jesus’ blood;
Let manna to our souls be giv’n,
The Bread of Life sent down from Heav’n.
Words To Be Present At Our Table Lord, In Norwegian
Være til stede ved bordet vårt, Herre;
Være her og overalt beundret;
Thy skapninger velsigne, og gi at vi
Kan fest i paradis med Thee.
Vi takker deg, Herre, for denne maten,
For liv og helse og alt som er godt;
Ved Thine egen hånd kan vi bli matet;
Gi oss hver dag vårt daglige brød.
Vi takker deg, Herre, for vår gode,
Men mer på grunn av Jesu blod;
La manna til våre sjeler bli giv’n,
Livets Brød sendt ned fra himlen.
How to Sing Be Present At Our Table Lord
The thing to remember in singing a prayer together is to have fun. You don’t have to be perfect or professional, just present and participating!
It was surprisingly difficult to find a video of this song in Norwegian! This has no pictures, but the sound is the best that I could find. If you can find or create a better one, drop me a link in the comments!
Many people look fondly upon memories of Norwegian table prayers with the ones they love. Consider carrying on this tradition or starting it up again if it has fizzled out for a while. If you play instruments, sheet music for this song is also available. A heritage must be maintained to be meaningful, so in finding your own way to celebrate your roots consider a simple song!
You may also enjoy this article on the Norwegian Table Prayer.
Is there a history of Be Present At Our Table, Lord in your family? Does your group or club sing it? We would love to hear from you!