14 June 2021

Catechesis: Marriage Prayer

Lord God, who have created man and woman and have ordained them for the married estate, have blessed them also with the fruit of the womb, and have therein signified the sacrament of your dear Son Jesus Christ and the church, his bride: We beseech your never-ending goodness that you would not permit this your creation, ordinance, and blessing to be removed or destroyed, but graciously preserve it among us through Jesus Christ, our Lord.—from the Marriage Booklet attached to the Small Catechism; this prayer originally concluded the marriage service in the Lutheran liturgy, the pastor praying it over the couple just married.

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