Thursday, February 14, 2008

A Prayer for Married Couples

St. Anne and St. Joachim
St. Anne and St. Joachim by Giotto

Saint Anne, help married couples to live up to God's own ideal for them. Help them love each other, live together every day of their married life in health and sickness, and share, with each other the joys and sorrows of life. Help them to live up to God's own description of the closest relationship which is theirs: "A Man leaves his father and mother and joins himself to his wife, and they become one body" (Gen. 2:24). And again: "Be fruitful, multiply, fill the earth" (Gen.1:28).

As Christ loves his Church which sprang from his love for mankind, and as the Church loves him in return brining all men to him, so a husband and wife should love each other and spend themselves for each other's happiness and for the happiness of their children.

Saint Anne, teach all married couples what their special vocation should be: for each other, for their children, as witnesses to their faith in Christ, and apostles of his kingdom.


From a holy card from Shrine of the Infant of Prague - Dominican Fathers

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