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Prayer in Defense of Marriage

 
God our Father, we give you thanks
for the gift of marriage: the bond of life and love,
and the font of the family.

The love of husband and wife enriches your Church with children,
fills the world with a multitude of spiritual fruitfulness and service,
and is the sign of the love of your Son, Jesus Christ, for his Church.

The grace of Jesus flowed forth at Cana at the
request of the Blessed Mother. May your Son,
through the intercession of Mary, pour out upon us
a new measure of the Gifts of the Holy Spirit
as we join with all people of good will
to promote and protect the unique beauty of marriage.

May your Holy Spirit enlighten our society
to treasure the heroic love of husband and wife,
and guide our leaders to sustain and protect
the singular place of mothers and fathers
in the lives of their children.

Father, we ask that our prayers
be joined to those of the Virgin Mary,
that your Word may transform our service
so as to safeguard the incomparable splendor of marriage.
We ask all these things through Christ our Lord,
Amen.

Saints Joachim and Anne, pray for us.


En Español:

Dios Padre nuestro, te damos gracias
por el don del matrimonio:
vínculo de vida y amor, y fuente de la familia.

El amor de marido y mujer enriquece a tu Iglesia con hijos,
llena el mundo con una abundancia de fecundidad espiritual y servicio,
y es signo del amor de tu Hijo, Jesucristo, por su Iglesia.

La gracia de Jesús brotó en Caná a petición de su Santa Madre.
Concédenos que tu Hijo, por la intercesión de la Virgen María,
derrame sobre nosotros una nueva medida
de los Dones del Espritu Santo al unirnos
con toda persona de buena voluntad para promover y proteger
la belleza única del matrimonio.

Concede que tu Santo Espritu ilumine a nuestra sociedad
para que atesore el amor heroico de marido y mujer,
y gue a nuestros líderes para que sostengan y protejan
el puesto singular de padres y madres en la vida de sus niños.

Padre, te pedimos que nuestras oraciones se unan
con las de la Santsima Virgen María
para que tu Verbo Divino transforme nuestro esfuerzo
por salvaguardar el incomparable esplendor del matrimonio.

Te pedimos todas estas cosas por Cristo nuestro Señor, Amén.

San Joaquín y Santa Ana, rueguen por nosotros.



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