Prayer in Marriage

 


Consider praying one or more of these together daily:
Rosary
Divine Mercy chaplet
Angelus
Meal prayer
(spontaneous or the following):
(Before the meal) Bless us, O Lord, and these Your gifts,
which we are about to receive from Your bounty,
through Christ our Lord. Amen.

(After the meal) We give You thanks for all Your benefits, O Almighty God, who lives and reigns for ever;
and may the souls of the faithful departed
through the mercy of God rest in peace. Amen.

Liturgy of the Hours/Divine Office (This takes a little getting used to, but priests, nuns, monks & members of Third Orders take a vow to pray this daily, so they can help you get started)

Bless each other before you part & before you go to sleep. Trace the sign of the cross on your beloved’s forehead, saying something like “God bless you, Sweetheart,” maybe adding a prayer for whatever they’ll be facing that day or that they have sweet dreams and a refreshing night’s sleep.

My daily prayer:
Lord, help us to be an ever better image
of Your love for Your Bride, the Church
(see Ephesians 5:23-32, Revelation 19:7-8, 21: 1-27),
an ever better witness of what You can do
with a marriage given over to You,
even against the odds.

Prayer of the “Nuptial Mystery”, by Christopher West
Bridegroom: I have loved you with an everlasting love
(Jeremiah. 31:3)
I have betrothed you to me forever (see Hosea 2:19)
Bride: This is a profound mystery, and it refers to Christ and the Church (Ephesians 5:32)

Bridegroom: This is my body given up for you (Luke 22:19)
Bride: I believe, I receive, and I give my body for you.

Together: It is consummated (John 19:30) and life has been granted to the full (John 10:10).

Prayer to be said by Husband or Wife, from Key of Heaven
O merciful God, we humbly beg You to send Your blessing continually upon us, and to make us thankful for all that You have already entrusted to us; and as You have made us one in the mystical grace of matrimony, grant that we may also be inwardly of one heart and of one mind, paying due honor to one another, united in love to You and to each other in You; living together in peace and holiness, as faithful members of Your Church, denying ourselves, and being a mutual help, comfort and support to each other, all the days of our life. Give us grace to train our children in Your faith and reverence. Bless us with health and strength, if it be Your will, and with whatever else Your goodness sees is best for our souls and bodies. Equip and prepare us day by day for our departure to heaven, that we may together inherit eternal life in Your heavenly kingdom. We ask this through the merits of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior. Amen.

Prayer of Husband or Wife, from Key of Heaven
O God, You have designed the holy state of matrimony. Grant me grace to fulfill all its obligations in a Christian way, and not as an unbeliever. Keep my love pure, according to Your divine command. Let my commitment to love bring me comfort through all the obligations and difficulties of marriage. Teach me to choose Your will in every situation. Give me a true love for peace that inspires me to quietly give up my own thoughts and inclinations in order to preserve that peace. Inspire me with true humility and patience, that I may submit to bear all crosses, in the manner the apostle requires. Help me to persevere with cheerfulness in fulfilling the duties of marriage, no matter how difficult they are. Protect me from my weakness, ill-humor, or impatience, so that I will never weaken, much less break, the bond which You have made holy, and which cannot be dissolved except by death. May I always be faithful and untiring in living up to my responsibilities as a spouse, doing and suffering whatever happens to me, with such absolute acceptance of Your will, that both in peace and in trouble, in prosperity and adversity, I may ever remember to cheerfully accept, O God, what pleases You or what You allow to happen; and, under all difficulties, may I still labor to work out my salvation: through Christ our Lord. Amen.

A Wife’s prayer (adapted from the nuptial blessing):
Father, by Your power You have made everything out of nothing. In the beginning You created the universe and made mankind in Your own likeness. You gave man the constant help of woman so that man and woman
should no longer be two, but one flesh, and You teach us that what You have united may never be divided.

Look with love upon me, Your daughter, now joined to N. in marriage. I ask Your blessing. Give me the grace of love and peace. May I always follow the example of the holy women whose praises are sung in the Scriptures.

May I always be worthy of my husband’s trust in me. May I always honor him and love him as the Church loves Christ, Her Bridegroom.

Father, keep us always true to Your commandments. Keep us faithful in marriage and let us be living examples of Christian life. Give us the strength which comes from the Gospel so that we may be witnesses of Christ to others. Bless us with children and help us to be good parents. May we live to see our children’s children. And, after a
happy old age, grant us the fullness of life with the saints in the Kingdom of Heaven. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

A Husband’s Prayer (adapted from the nuptial blessing):
Father, by Your power You have made everything out of nothing. In the beginning You created the universe and made mankind in Your own likeness. You gave man the constant help of woman so that man and woman should no longer be two, but one flesh, and You teach us that what You have united may never be divided.

Look with love upon N., Your daughter, now joined to me
in marriage. I ask Your blessing upon her. Give her the grace of love and peace. May she always follow the example of the holy women whose praises are sung in the Scriptures.

May I, as her husband, put my trust in her and recognize that she is my equal and the heir with me to the life of grace. May I always honor her and love her as Christ loves His Bride, the Church.

Father, keep us always true to Your commandments. Keep us faithful in marriage and let us be living examples of Christian life. Give us the strength which comes from the Gospel so that we may be witnesses of Christ to others. Bless us with children and help us to be good parents. May we live to see our children’s children. And, after a happy old age, grant us the fullness of life with the saints in the Kingdom of Heaven. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

A Prayer For The Whole Family
http://www.ewtn.com/library/PRAYER/RLPRAYBK.TXT
DEAR Lord, bless our family. Be so kind as to give us the unity, peace, and mutual love that You found in Your own family in the little town of Nazareth.

Saint Joseph, bless the head of our family. Obtain for him the strength, the wisdom, and the prudence he needs to support and direct those under his care.

Mother Mary, bless the mother of our family. Help her to be pure and kind, gentle and self-sacrificing. For the more she resembles you, the better will our family be.

Lord Jesus, bless the children of our family. Help them to be obedient and devoted to their parents. Make them more and more like You. Let them grow, as You did, in wisdom and age and grace before God and man.

Holy Family of Nazareth, make our family and home more and more like Yours, until we are all one family, happy and at peace in our true home with You. Amen.

Indulgenced Prayer for Catholic Families
(http://www.cin.org/spirit/prayfam.html)
God of goodness and mercy, we commend to Your all-powerful protection our home, our family, and all that we possess. Bless us all as You blessed the Holy Family of Nazareth.

O Jesus, our most Holy Redeemer, by the love through which You became man in order to save us, by the mercy through which You died for us upon the Cross, we entreat You to bless our home, our family, our household. Preserve us from all evil and from the snares of men; preserve us from lightning and hail and fire, from flood and from rage of the elements; preserve us from Thy wrath, from all hatred and from the evil intentions of our enemies, from plague, famine, and war. Let not one of us die without the Holy Sacraments. Bless us, that we may always openly confess our faith, which is to sanctify us, that we may never falter in our hope, even amidst pain and affliction, that we may ever grow in love for You and in charity towards our neighbor. O Jesus, bless us, protect us.

O Mary, Mother of grace and mercy, bless us, protect us against the evil spirits; lead us by the hand through this vale of tears; reconcile us with your Divine Son; commend us to Him, that we may be worthy of His promises.

St. Joseph, foster father of our Savior, guardian of His most holy Mother, head of the Holy Family, intercede for us, bless and protect our home always.

St. Michael, defend us against all the wicked wiles of hell.
St. Gabriel, obtain for us that we may understand the Holy Will of God. St. Raphael, preserve us from ill health and all danger to life. Holy Guardian Angels, keep us day and night in the way to salvation.

Holy Patrons, pray for us before the Throne of God.

Bless this house, God our Father, Who created us; You, Divine Son, Who suffered for us on the Cross; You, Holy Spirit, Who sanctified us in Baptism. May God, in His Three Divine Persons, preserve our body, purify our soul, direct our heart, and lead us to life everlasting.

Glory be to the Father, Glory be to the Son, Glory be to the Holy Spirit. Amen.

For Husband and Wife (from the Cana Conference of Chicago)
Because we, husband and wife, are called to love one another as Christ loves and is loved by His Church;
Because the life of that Church, His Mystical Body, is nourished by the welfare, the holiness of our Marriage;
Because our children, His tenderest branches, are nourished likewise in that holiness; we seek Your help, pledged at the Marriage Feast of Cana and our own nuptials, that our sorrows, our hardships, our countless daily irritations may be transformed into a loving gift to each other and to God; that our joys, too, may be offered joyously; that our marriage may become a prayer, an oblation, a giving of the one thing which is ours to give, our life together, as husband and wife, father and mother, and that the splendor of Christ’s Love, mirrored in us, may draw others to their true life in Him. Amen.

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