The Norwegian Table Prayer, or “Matbønn”, is a traditional blessing that is often recited before meals in Norwegian households. The prayer typically thanks God for the food that has been provided and asks for his blessing on those who will be eating it. While there are variations in the wording of the prayer, a common version in Norwegian is “I Jesu navn går vi til bords å spise, la oss aldri glemme de fattige.” This translates to “In Jesus’ name we go to the table to eat, may we never forget the poor.” The Norwegian Table Prayer is a simple yet powerful expression of gratitude and compassion, reminding us to be thankful for our blessings and mindful of the needs of others. It reflects the importance of community, generosity, and a spirit of togetherness that are central values in Norwegian culture.
Please read the prayers below which will provide guidance for . May God Bless You!
Norwegian Table Prayer 1
I Jesu navn går vi til bords
Og spiser, drikker på ditt ord
Deg, Gud, til ære, oss til gavn
Så får vi mat i Jesu navn.
Norwegian Table Prayer 2
In Jesus’ name to the table we go
To eat and drink according to his word.
To God the honor, us the gain,
So we have food in Jesus’ name.