(Closed) Help finding prayer

posted 7 years ago in Catholic
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Hmm.. Catholics pray a lot so its tough to tell. I’m guessing you’re thinking of the “nuptial blessing?” It is said at the end of a Catholic wedding. There’s 3 options so maybe its one of those:

Option A

 

My dear friends, let us turn to the Lord and pray
that he will bless with his grace this woman (or Name)
now married in Christ to this man (or Name)
and that (through the sacrament of the body and blood of Christ,)
he will unite in love the couple he has joined in this holy bond.

 

All pray silently for a short while. Then the priest extends his hands and continues:

 

(If desired, in the prayer Father, by your power, two of the first three paragraphs may be omitted, keeping only the paragraphs which correspond to the reading of the Mass.

 

In the last paragraph of this prayer, the words in parenthesis may be omitted whenever circumstances suggest it, if, for example, the couple is advanced in years.)

 

Father, by your power you have made everything out of nothing.
In the beginning you created the universe
and made mankind 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.

 

Father, you have made the union of man and wife so holy a mystery
that it symbolizes the marriage of Christ and his Church.

 

Father, by your plan man and woman are united,
and married life has been established
as the one blessing that was not forfeited by original sin
or washed away in the flood.
Look 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.

 

May her husband put his trust in her
and recognize 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 bride, the Church.

 

Father, keep them always true to your commandments.

Keep them faithful in marriage
and let them be living examples of Christian life.

 

Give them the strength which comes from the gospel
so that they may be witnesses of Christ to others.
(Bless them with children
and help them to be good parents.
May they live to see their children’s children.)
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.

 

Response: Amen.

 

 

Option B

 

In the following prayer, either the paragraph Holy Father, you created mankind, or the paragraph Father, to reveal the plan of your love, may be omitted, keeping only the paragraph which corresponds to the reading of the Mass.

 

Let us pray to the Lord for (Name) and (Name)
who come to God’s altar at the beginning of their married life
so that they may always be united in love for each other
(as now they share in the body and blood of Christ).

 

All pray silently for a short while. Then the priest extends his hands and continues:

 

Holy Father, you created mankind in your own image
and made man and woman to be joined as husband and wife
in union of body and heart
and so fulfill their mission in this world.

 

Father, to reveal the plan of your love, 
you made the union of husband and wife
an image of the covenant between you and your people.

 

In the fulfillment of this sacrament,
the marriage of Christian man and woman
is a sign of the marriage between Christ and the Church.
Father, stretch out your hand, and bless (Name) and (Name).

 

Lord, grant that as they begin to live this sacrament
they may share with each other the gifts of your love
and become one in heart and mind
as witnesses to your presence in their marriage.
Help them to create a home together
(and give them children to be formed by the gospel
and to have a place in your family).

 

Give your blessings to (Name), your daughter,

so that she may be a good wife (and mother),
caring for the home,
faithful in love for her husband,
generous and kind.

Give your blessings to (Name), your son, 
so that he may be a faithful husband
(and a good father).

 

Father, grant that as they come together to your table on earth,
so they may one day have the joy of sharing your feast in heaven.

 

We ask this through Christ our Lord.

 

Response: Amen.

 

Option C

 

My dear friends, let us ask God
for his continued blessing upon this bridegroom and his bride (or Name and Name).

 

All pray silently for a short while. Then the priest extends his hands and continues:

 

Holy Father, creator of the universe,
maker of man and woman in your own likeness,
source of blessing for married life,
we humbly pray to you for this woman
who today is united with her husband in this sacrament of marriage.

May your fullest blessing come upon her and her husband
so that they may together rejoice in your gift of married love
(and enrich your Church with their children).

 

Lord, may they both praise you when they are happy
and turn to you in their sorrows.
May they be glad that you help them in their work
and know that you are with them in their need.
May they pray to you in the community of the Church,
and be your witnesses in the world.
May they reach old age in the company of their friends,
and come at last to the kingdom of heaven.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.

 

Response: Amen.

 

Does that help?

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