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  • Writer's pictureElizabeth Heller

My FAVORITE moment of a wedding!

I find myself tearing up every time during the Nuptial Mass at one part ... The Nuptial Blessing. This beautiful moment in the Catholic wedding ceremony occurs after the couples have exchanged vows and become husband and wife. The celebrant prays for the couple in a personal way by adding in their names to this ancient prayer of the Church. Going back to the book of Genesis, this prayer reminds couples of the beginning of humanity and God's purpose for our lives. As he brought the first man and woman together, so he unites the couple in their marital union.

The words of this blessing can be a powerful prayer for couples as they prepare to enter into the Sacrament. I encourage you to read through this prayer multiple times and ask the Lord to fill your hearts with the graces of the Sacrament of Matrimony in abundance!

The Nuptial Blessing

taken from the Order of Celebrating Matrimony

O God, who by your mighty power

created all things out of nothing,

and, when you had set in place

the beginnings of the universe,

formed man and woman in your own image,

making the woman an inseparable helpmate to the man,

that they might be no longer two, but one flesh,

and taught that what you were pleased to make one

must never be divided;

O God, who consecrated the bond of Marriage

by so great a mystery

that in the wedding covenant you foreshadowed

the Sacrament of Christ and his Church;

O God, by whom woman is joined to man

and the companionship they had in the beginning

is endowed with the one blessing

not forfeited by original sinn

or washed away by the flood.

Look now with favor on these your servants,

joined together in Marriage,

who ask to be strengthened by your blessing.

Send down on them the grace of the Holy Spirit

and pour your love into their hearts,

that they may remain faithful in the Marriage covenant.

May the grace of love and peace

abide in your daughter [name],

and let her always follow the example of those holy women

whose praises are sung in the Scriptures.

May her husband entrust his heart to her,

so that, acknowledging her as his equal

and his joint heir to the life of grace,

he may show her due honor

and cherish her always

with the love that Christ has for his Church.

And now, Lord, we implore you:may these your servants

hold fast to the faith and keep your commandments;

made one in the flesh,

may they be blameless in all they do;

and with the strength that comes from the Gospel,

may they bear true witness to Christ before all;

may they be blessed with children,

and prove themselves virtuous parents,

who live to see their children’s children.

And grant that,

reaching at last together the fullness of years

for which they hope,

they may come to the life of the blessed

in the Kingdom of Heaven.

Through Christ our Lord.




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