[Before eating 'Abdu'l-Bahá rose and recited the following prayer:]
He is God! O Lord! We are assembled here in the utmost love and are turned toward Thy Kingdom. We seek none other but Thee and desire not but Thy good pleasure.
O Lord! Make this food heavenly and make those assembled here of the hosts of Thy Supreme Concourse so that they may become life-giving and the cause of the enlightenment of the world of man, that they may arise to guide all the peoples of the world.
Thou art the All-Powerful, the Almighty, the Forgiving and the Kind.
- ‘Abdu’l-Baha (Recited on November 9, Washington DC, at the Feast of the Covenant; recorded by Mahmud Zarqani; ‘Mahmud’s Diary’)