Prayers for all Occasions, Needs, and Intentions
FOR WEDDINGS AND ANNIVERSARIES
Never pay back one wrong with another, or an angry word with another one; instead, pay back with a blessing. That is what you are called to do, so that you inherit a blessing yourself. (1 Peter 3:9)
form of grace that may be used at the beginning of a wedding banquet.)
friends, let us pray. (All
pause for a moment of silent prayer.)
Dear Father of us all, we praise you and give you glory today. We thank you for the gifts you have shown to us; for the love you have given to N. and N.; for the joy we are sharing; and for this wedding banquet we are about to begin. Bless us, Father, and the food we eat, and make us truly grateful for all your gifts. We praise you through Christ our Lord. Amen.
God, by Your mighty power You made all things out of nothing. First, You
set the beginnings of the universe in order. Then, You made man in Your
image, and appointed woman to be his inseparable helpmate. Thus You made
woman's body from the flesh of man, thereby teaching that what You have
been pleased to institute from one principle might never lawfully be put
asunder. O God, You have sanctified marriage by a mystery so excellent
that in the marriage union You foreshadowed the union of Christ and the
Church. O God, You join woman to man, and You endow that fellowship with a
blessing which was not taken away in punishment for original sin nor by
the sentence of the flood. Look, in Your mercy, upon this Your handmaid,
about to be joined in wedlock, who entreats You to protect and strengthen
her. Let the yoke of marriage to her be one of love and peace. Faithful
and chaste, let her marry in Christ. Let her ever follow the model of holy
women: let her be dear to her husband like Rachel; wise like Rebecca;
long-lived and faithful like Sara. Let the author of sin work none of his
evil deeds within her; let her ever keep the Faith and the commandments.
Let her be true to one wedlock and shun all sinful embraces; let her
strengthen weakness by stern discipline. Let her be grave in demeanor,
honorable for her modesty, learned in heavenly doctrine, fruitful in
children. Let her life be good and innocent. Let her come finally to the
rest of the blessed in the kingdom of heaven. May they both see their
children's children to the third and fourth generation, thus attaining the
old age which they desire. Through the same our Lord Jesus Christ, Your
Son, Who lives and reigns with You in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God,
world without end. Amen.
Be appeased, O Lord, by our humble prayers, and in Your kindness assist this institution of marriage which You have ordained for the propagation of the human race; so that this union made here, joined by Your authority, may be preserved by Your help. Through the same our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, Who lives and reigns with You in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, world without end. Amen.
God, by your power you have made everything out of nothing. In the
beginning you created the universe and made us in your own likeness. You
gave man the constant help of woman so that man and woman should no longer
be two, but one flesh, and you teach us that what you have united may
never be divided.
God, you have made the union of man and wife so holy a mystery that it
symbolizes the marriage of Christ and his people.
God, by your plan man and woman are united, and married life has been
established as the one blessing that was not forfeited by sin.
with love upon this woman, your daughter, now joined to her husband in
marriage. She asks your blessing. Give her the grace of love and peace.
May she always follow the example of the holy women whose praises are sung
in the scriptures.
her husband put his trust in her and know that she is his equal and the
heir with him to the life of grace. May he always honor her and love her
as Christ loves his people.
them always true to your commandments. Keep them faithful in marriage and
let them be living examples of Christian life.
them the strength which comes from the gospel so that they may be
witnesses of Christ to others. And, after a happy old age, grant them
fullness of life with the saints in the kingdom of heaven. We ask this
through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Wedding Anniversary Blessing
(Fifty) years have passed since that day when, with the blessing of the
Church, you plighted troth before the altar of God. In the long space of
time, which has intervened, many things have come to pass. You have had
your full share of happiness but you have perhaps tasted sorrow as well.
There may have been dark days as well as bright ones, and now, by the
providence of God, a very special privilege is granted you, namely, that
of celebrating the silver (golden) jubilee of your wedding, surrounded by
those who love you (your
children, your grandchildren, and your friends).
hearts filled with gratitude, you have come to the Church today to thank
God for his many favors, to renew in his presence the good avowals made
long ago, and to receive the blessing of the Church on the years that
remain in you.
every truth you have cause to thank God. He has not only showered his
blessings on you, but his fatherly hand has often protected you from evil,
and it is by his mercy that in moments of darkness and discouragement you
have bee preserved from despair and received courage to persevere. (He has
given you children to console and support you as the years come upon you.)
feel sure, however, there is no further need for me to enumerate the many
causes of thankfulness which must be well know to yourselves and of which,
on a day like this, you must be well aware. The reasons for gratitude must
be deeply imprinted on your memory and in you hearts enclosed.
It is for you, then,
to remain faithful to God, and in the time that is left, to serve him with
your remaining strength. You have borne the heat and burdens of the day
bravely; do not lose now the eternal rest you have earned by your labors.
Turn to profit the experience the years have brought you, using such
experience to the benefit not only of yourselves but of others. Teach the
young people around you how to avoid the shoals and quicksands on which
married happiness is so often wrecked; advise them, in particular, how to
procure the best interest of their children through Catholic training and
patient with each other in the weaknesses and failings, which sometimes
are the accompaniment of advancing years, and let an atmosphere of peace
and gentleness increasingly surround you. Should it please God to send one
or both of you sickness, do not complain but, uniting your sufferings with
those of our divine Savior, say often as he did humbly and patiently,
“Not my will, but thine be done.” In this way your live will bring
forth the fruit of their maturity unto your lasting profit in eternity.
Speaking now to you, children and grandchildren of these happy parents, I charge you to make those lives bright and happy from which you have derived, by the disposition of God, your own being. Anticipate, insofar as you can, their every wish and avoid anything that would sadden or grieve them. Give them that greatest of all consolations, namely, the knowledge that you are leading good Christian lives so that they will understand their labors and pains on your behalf have not been in vain. By doing this you will earn the special blessing promised by God to those who are good to their parents. (top)