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.
Would you walk up to a stranger and confess that you have a pornography addiction?
Would you nonchalantly mention to your entire homeroom, dorm, or boardroom that you are dealing with gut wrenching regret over a past abortion or a sexually-centered relationship?
The book, is an excellent resource for your marriage as you explore the Catholic tradition of prayer.
Here are some excerpts: Blessing of an Engaged Couple The betrothal of a Christian couple is a special occasion for their families, who should celebrate it together with prayer and a special rite.
Dear Lord, I pray that I would honor You as I practice grace giving through these difficult times.
My heart is broken, but I know following Your path will lead my out of this challenging struggle.
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.
Both people need to be enjoying a rich prayer life on their own and praying for God to be glorified in their relationship; but, spending a lot of time praying together can lead to the following scenarios: Just as I noted in the post in this series about reading the Bible together, praying together can cause a couple who is simply getting to know each other to form a tight bond that may not be in their best interest as not every relationship is meant to move forward to marriage.
It’s not wise to date someone you would not consider marrying, but not every relationship, even godly relationships, move forward to marriage.
Blessing of a Son or Daughter Before Marriage In the days immediately before the wedding, the family may gather around its member who is to be married, perhaps at a special meal in the family’s home. A parent begins: Let us bless the Lord, by whose goodness we live and by whose grace we love one another. May the Lord, who gave you into our care and made you a joy to our home, bless you and keep you. After a time of silence, the leader prays: Let us pray. In the following or similar words, the leader prepares those present for the blessing. Father all-holy, you have made marriage the great symbol of Christ’s love for his Church; bestow on these your servants the fullness of your own love. Father all-holy, the faithful one, you ask for and respond to fidelity to your covenant; fill with your blessings your servants who are celebrating their wedding anniversary. It is your will that all married life should be a lesson in Christian living; grant that all husbands and wives may be witnesses to the wonders of your Son’s love. The leader says the prayer of blessing with hands joined.