Posted by admin on June 24, 2012
This is a declaration of blessing after marriage. The priest sprinkles the spouses with holy water and extends his hands to give his blessing in behalf of the Roman Catholic Church. The following is the priest’s declaration of nuptial blessing:
“Holy Father, creator of the universe, maker of man and woman in your likeness, source of blessing for the married life, we humble pray to you for this woman who today is united with her husband in this sacrament of marriage.
May your fullest blessing come upon her and her husband so that they may together rejoice in your gift of married love and enrich your Church with their children.
Lord, may they both praise you when they are happy and turn to you in their sorrows. May they be glad that you help them in their work and know that you are with them in their need. May they pray to you in the community of the Church and be your witness in the world.
May they reach old age in the company of friends and come at last to the kingdom of heaven. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Now that you have received the Holy Sacrament of Matrimony, I admonish you to remain faithful to one another.
To the bride, love your husband and be a good housewife; persevere in faith and love and holiness.
To the groom, love your wife as Christ loves his Church and live with her in the holy fear of the Lord.
Now bow your heads and pray for God’s blessing. May Jesus, who was a guest at the wedding in Cana, bless you and your families and friends.
May Jesus, who loved the Church, to the end, always fill your heart with love.
May he grant that, as you believe in his resurrection, so you may wait for him in joy and hope.
And may the almighty God bless you all, the father and the Son, and the Holy Spirit.”
The foregoing declaration is an official blessing rite of a priest to spouses. Though official in manner, it is best to seek approval from the church before printing to form part of your personal missal in the wedding ceremony.
In like manner, it is best for young couples to be wed to read, absorb and understand the content of the priest’s declaration of blessing in order to give a spiritual perspective to the married life the couples are about to undertake. To state directly, that marriage is no laughing matter to be taken for granted. Admittedly, due to the anxiety and excitement attendant to the wedding ceremony the words as said by the priest are not really understood by the spouses and the congregation in general.