World Marriage Day


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Jesus answered, “Haven’t you read the scripture that says that in the beginning the Creator made people male and female? And God said, “For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and unite with his wife, and the two will become one.’ So they are no longer two, but one. No human being must separate, then, what God has joined together.”

Matthew 19:4-6 GNT


A Marriage Blessing Prayer

We thank you, O God,
for the Love You have implanted in our hearts.
May it always inspire us to be kind in our words,
considerate of feeling,
and concerned for each other’s needs and wishes.
Help us to be understanding and forgiving
of human weaknesses and failings.
Increase our faith and trust in You
and may Your Prudence guide our life and love.
Bless our Marriage O God, with Peace and Happiness,
and make our love fruitful
for Your glory and our Joy
both here and in eternity.
Amen.

Valentine’s Day

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Saint Valentine Kneeling In Supplication, by David Teniers III, 1600’s

I will hear what God the Lord will speak: for he will speak peace unto his people, and to his saints: but let them not turn again to folly.  Surely his salvation is nigh them that fear him; that glory may dwell in our land.  Mercy and truth are met together, righteousness and peace have kissed each other.  Truth shall spring out of the earth; and righteousness shall look down from heaven.

Psalms 85:8-11

1 Corinthians 13:1-8

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Roses, by Henri Fantin-Latour, 1884

The Excellence of Love

If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but do not have love, I have become a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.

If I have the gift of prophecy, and know all mysteries and all knowledge; and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing.

And if I give all my possessions to feed the poor, and if I surrender my body to be burned, but do not have love, it profits me nothing.

Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous;

love does not brag and is not arrogant, does not act unbecomingly;

it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, does not rejoice in unrighteousness,

but rejoices in truth;

bears all things,

believes all things,

hopes all things,

endures all things.

Love never fails

1 Corinthians 13:1-8 NASB