About Marriage

The first human words spoken in the Bible are those of Adam when he beheld Eve: "This at last is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh."  (Gen 2:23)
The last human words spoken in the Bible are those of the bride as she rejoices in the coming of her bridegroom:  "The Spirit and the Bride say, 'Come'."  (Rev 22:17)
Sts. Anne and Joachim, parents of Mary

Christopher, from The Jeweler's Shop by Pope John Paul II says to his fiance, "So when the day of our wedding comes, I will take you away from them a human being ripe for pain, for the new pain of love, for the new pain of birth, and we shall all be so intensely joyful and we shall all stand on the border of what in human language must be called 'happiness'."

St, Thomas More, visited by his wife 
while in jail, right before his exocution

"Marriage is a duel to the death which no man of honour should decline." 
~G.K.Chesterton, in Manalive

Will you let  me be your servant, let me be as Christ to you?
Pray that I might have the grace to let you be my servant to.

We are pilgrims on a journey, we are travl'ers on the road.
We are hear to help each other walk the mile and bear the load.
I will hold the Christ-light for you in the night time of your fear.
I will hold my hand out to you, speak the peace you want to hear.

 I will weep when you are weeping, when you laugh I'll laugh with you.
I will share your joy and sorrow till we've seen this journey through.

When we sing to God in heaven we shall find such harmony,
born of all we've known together of Christ's love and agony.

Will you let  me be your servant, let me be as Christ to you?
Pray that I might have the grace to let you be my servant to.

Sts. Elizabeth and Zachariah, parents of St. John the Baptist

Prayer for Purity
Jesus, Lover of chastity, Mary, Mother most pure, and Joseph, chaste guardian of the Virgin, to you I come at this hour, begging you to plead with God for me. I earnestly wish to be pure in thought, word and deed in imitation of your own holy purity.
Obtain for me, then, a deep sense of modesty which will be reflected in my external conduct. Protect my eyes, the windows of my soul, from anything that might dim the luster of a heart that must mirror only Christlike purity. [...]
Heart of Jesus, Fount of all purity, have mercy on us. 

St. Clovis, King of the Franks
Originally pagan, when he was faced with defeat in battle,he prayed to the God of his wife for victory.  When he was victorious, he converted to Catholicism.

Prayer for a Good Husband or Wife
O Jesus, lover of the young, the dearest Friend I have, in all confidence I open my heart to You to beg Your light and assistance in the important task of planning my future. Give me the light of Your grace, that I may decide wisely concerning the person who is to be my partner through life. Dearest Jesus, send me such a one whom in Your divine wisdom You judge best suited to be united with me in marriage. May her/his character reflect some of the traits of Your own Sacred Heart. May s/he be upright, loyal, pure, sincere and noble, so that with united efforts and with pure and unselfish love we both may strive to perfect ourselves in soul and body, as well as the children it may please You to entrust to our care. Bless our friendship before marriage, that sin may have no part in it. May our mutual love bind us so closely, that our future home may ever be most like Your own at Nazareth.
O Mary Immaculate, sweet Mother of the young, to your special care I entrust the decision I am to make as to my future wife/husband. You are my guiding Star! Direct me to the person with whom I can best cooperate in doing God's Holy Will, with whom I can live in peace, love and harmony in this life, and attain to eternal joys in the next.

St. Clotilda, Queen of the Franks and Wife of St. Clovis.  
Her prayers helped convert her husband.

Dedication of a Newly Wed Couple to the Precious Blood
Lord Jesus,
on this happy day
we thank you for the joy of N. and N.
Through all the years of their life
you have watched over them
to bring them together in holy Christian marriage.
Now Lord, bless them,
for they are united in love of you and of each other.
Redeemed by your Precious Blood
and strengthened by your grace,
may they live in kindness and fidelity,
in unfailing trust and love
so that their whole life may be pleasing to you.

Mary, who with Joseph
made a happy home at Nazareth for Jesus,
take these dear friends into your motherly care.
You who showed concern for a newly married couple at Cana,
help and guide N. and N.
May their union on earth lead to that eternal union
in which all the blessed will be joined together,
praising the Redeeming Blood of Jesus, the Lord.


The wedding ceremony of Mary and Joseph