- 7 years ago
- Wedding: October 2011
So in 11 days we’re going to have a big ol’ Catholic wedding with full mass, and I’ll be the girl in the poofy white dress crying her eyes out. I know this because Fiance and I just sat down a few nights ago and made the decisions on the readings, prayers, blessings etc. I couldn’t get through any of them without crying, and to my surprise he was crying with me, which of course just made me cry more. I don’t know if we’re just really sensitive people, or if the Catholic ceremony just has magical tear-jerking powers. Seriously though, how could you not cry while reading this?
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.
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 childrenand 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 saintsin the kingdom of heaven.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.