My Kitchen Cathedral

The Kitchen Prayer

Lord of all pots and pans and things,
Since I’ve not time to be a saint by
doing lovely things
or watching fate with Thee or dreaming in the dawn light
or storming Heaven’s gates…
Make me a saint by cooking meals and
washing up the plates.

Although I must have Martha’s hands,
I have a Mary mind
And when I black the boots and shoes,
Thy sandals, Lord, I find.
I think of how they trod the earth,
what time I scrub the floor
Accept this meditation Lord,
I haven’t time for more.

Warm all the kitchen with Thy love,
and light it with Thy peace
Forgive me all my worrying
and make my grumbling cease.
Thou who didst love and give men food,
in room or by the sea
Accept this service that I do,
I do it unto Thee.

From: Velma Lee’s Country Kitchen


My Kitchen Prayer

 God bless my little kitchen,
I love its every nook,
And bless me as I do my work,
Wash pots and pans and cook.

 And may the meals that I prepare
Be seasoned from above
With Thy great blessings and Thy grace,
But most of all Thy love.

 As we partake of earthly food,
The table before us spread,
We’ll not forget to thank Thee, Lord,
Who gives us daily bread.

 So bless my little kitchen, God,
And those who enter in,
May they find naught but Joy and Peace,
And Happiness therein.

 Author: M. Peterson (1944)



May this kitchen be so filled with peace

that all who eat food prepared here receive peace.

May this kitchen be so filled with happiness

that all who eat food prepared here receive happiness.

May this kitchen be so filled with good will that working here is a joy.

Bless this kitchen Bless all who work here.

 Bless the food that is prepared here.

May this kitchen and the work done here be a blessing to all who live.

<Author Unknown>


3 responses to “My Kitchen Cathedral

  1. Klara Munkres wrote The Kitchen Prayer. I’d like to know more about the lives of Klara Munkres and M. Peterson (Mary or Martha or ?) Can anybody fill in the blanks on these two. I would also like to leave a quote that my daughter has on a mug: Strong women–May we know them, may we be them, may we raise them!” Do you know who wrote that?


  2. Martha and Mary were sisters of Lazarus whom Jesus rose from the dead after Lazarus had been dead in the tomb for 4 days. John chapter 11 in the Bible tells the whole story. Check it out, I think you’ll find it very interesting.
    May God Bless you with a hunger and thirst for His Word.

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