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Marriage Prayers

The Marriage Prayer


O God our Creator,
we feel that you brought {Name 2} and {Name 1}
together in the beginning,
helped their love grow,
and are at this moment with them in a special way.
We ask you to stay by their side in the days ahead.
Protect them from anything which might harm their marriage,
give them courage when burdens come their way,
teach them to forgive each other when they fail.
We ask, finally, that in their old age
they may love one another as deeply
as they do at this very moment. Amen.


O God, we ask for {Name 2} and {Name 1}
the excitement of new discoveries and new creations,
that their lives may be an adventure together,
wherever they go.
Lord, make {Name 2} and {Name 1} instruments of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let them bring love.
Where there is injury, pardon.
Where there is doubt, faith.
Where there is despair, hope.
Where there is darkness, light.
Where there is sadness, joy.
Grant that they may not so much
seek to be consoled as to console,
to be understood as to understand,
to be loved as to love. Amen.


O God, Creator of us all, we thank you for the gift of life,
and in life, for the gift of marriage.
We thank you for all the joys that can come to us
through the blessing of marriage.
Today, especially, we think of {Name 2} and {Name 1}
as they begin their life together as partners
in the covenant of marriage.
With them we thank you for the joy they find in each other.
We pray for their parents, that at this moment of parting
they may rejoice in their children's happiness.
Give {Name 1} and {Name 2} strength
to keep the vows they have made,
and to cherish the love that they share,
that they may always be faithful and devoted to each other. Amen.


Gracious God, may your blessing
rest upon and remain with {Name 2} and {Name 1}.
We pray that they may be equal to the demands of all their tomorrows.
May their marriage be a shared adventure,
rich in moments of serenity as well as in moments of excitement;
may it be made vital with challenges
that test their ingenuity
as well as with achievements
that uplift their spirits.
May their home remain a place of peace,
where the warmth of love and the sound of laughter
puts everything in its proper perspective.
May they cherish the other as deeply in old age
as they do this very moment,
and may the love they have for one another
continue to touch the world around them. Amen.


Eternal God, Creator of us all, we praise you
for all the ways in which your love comes into our lives.
Today, especially we think of {Name 2} and {Name 1}
as they begin their married life together.
With them we thank you for giving them life
and for bringing them together in marriage.
Give {Name 1} and {Name 2} strength to keep the vows they have made,
to be loyal and faithful to each other,
and to support each other throughout their lives;
that they may bear each other's burdens and share each other's joys.
Help them to be honest and patient with each other,
and to welcome friends and strangers into their home.
In all their future together, may they enjoy each other's lives a
nd grow through each other's love. Amen.


Loving God, we give thanks
that {Name 2} and {Name 1},
having come close in friendship,
and having been enlightened by love,
are now united in the Covenant of Marriage.
May they grow in insight, care,
and the ability to listen deeply,
that they might find in each other a strength in need,
a comforter in sorrow and a companion in joy.
May the love that is theirs together
move outward to touch each family member
with caring and friendship and laughter.
May the love that is theirs always be
a reflection of your love for us all. Amen.


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