Monday, July 02, 2007

A prayer for the vocation of marriage

Cardinal O'Malley—who is in my firm opinion is (despite our occasional disagreements) one of the holiest of men I've been privileged to know—has asked that this prayer be promulgated throughout the country. Here in Boston he's asked that it be prayed daily. The image is an icon of the Holy Family. Thank you, and may God bless you for joining us in the prayer.


Heavenly Father, through the intercession of the Holy Family, help us treasure the gift of marriage that reflects the love of Christ for the Church, where the self-giving love of husband and wife unites them more perfectly and cooperates in your plan for new life created in your image. Help us support men and women in their vocation of marriage, especially in difficult times when they join their sufferings to the Cross. Help us uphold the institution of marriage in our society as the place where love is nurtured and family life begins. Help us acknowledge that our future depends on this love and on your providential care for us. Amen.
Nihil Obstat: Reverend Mark O'Connell, J.C.D. Imprimatur: Sean Cardinal O'Malley, OFM Cap., Archbishop of Boston