Prayer is the glue that holds a marriage and a family together.

Prayer comes in many forms, including: recited prayers, such as the Hail Mary; spontaneous prayer, as a husband and wife might say before bedtime; praying with Scripture; and that perfect prayer–the Mass.

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In this way, they ask God’s blessing that the happiness promised by the engagement will be brought to fulfillment.

When the engagement is celebrated within the circle of the two families, one of the parents should preside. In the following or similar words, the leader prepares those present for the blessing.

When the families have gathered, all make the sign of the cross. We know that all of us need God’s blessing at all times; but at the time of their engagement to be married, Christians are in particular need of grace as they prepare themselves to form a new family.

The leader greets those present in the following words: Brothers and sisters, let us praise our Lord Jesus Christ, who loved us and gave himself for us. Let us pray, then, for God’s blessing to come upon this couple: that as they await the day of their wedding, they will grow in mutual respect and in their love for one another; that through their companionship and prayer together they will prepare themselves rightly and chastely for marriage. Prayer of a Future Husband Blessed are you, O God of our ancestors, and blessed too is your name forever.

One of those present or the leader reads a text of sacred Scripture. Paul to the Corinthians: 13:4-13 Love is patient, love is kind. Let the heavens bless you for evermore and all the things you have made.

It is not jealous, love is not pompous, it is not inflated, it is not rude, it does not seek its own interests, it is not quick-tempered, it does not brood over injury, it does not rejoice over wrongdoing but rejoices with the truth. The leader concludes the rite by signing himself or herself with the sign of the cross and saying: May the God of love and peace abide in you, guide your steps, and confirm your hearts in his love, now and forever. It was you who created Adam, you who created Eve his wife to be his help and support; and from these two the human race was born.

It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. If there are prophecies, they will be brought to nothing; if tongues, they will cease; if knowledge, it will be brought to nothing. The leader says the prayer of blessing with hands joined. It was you who said, “It is not good for the man to be alone; let us make him a partner like himself.” I take N. Have mercy on her and on me and allow us to live together to a happy old age.

For we know partially and we prophesy partially, but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away. to the communion of life and love that binds the Christian family together, mind and heart. The engaged couple may exchange rings or some other gift that signifies their pledge to each other. and N., in due course may you honor the sacred pledge symbolized by these gifts which you now exchange. We praise you, Lord, for your gentle plan draws together your children, N. Strengthen their hearts, so that they will keep faith with each other, please you in all things, and so come to the happiness of celebrating the sacrament of their marriage. Prayer of a Future Wife Keep me, O God, for in you I take refuge; I say to the Lord, “My God are you.

When I was a child, I used to talk as a child, think as a child, reason as a child; when I became a man, I put aside childish things. Leader: God our Father has so loved us that in Christ he makes us his children and the witnesses of his love before the entire world. Apart from you I have no good.” I bless the Lord who counsels me; even in the night my heart exhorts me. Table Blessing for Weddings This blessing may be used before the meal at a wedding reception.