Prayers for Marriage and the Family

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These prayers for marriage and the family will assist you in your prayer. Some are available as prayer cards. Please get in touch with us if you would like copies for yourself or to distribute.

Prayer in Defence 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 splendour of marriage.

We ask all these things through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Available as a prayer card. Please contact us for copies.

Crusade for the Family Prayer

Mary, Mother of God, at your request, Jesus worked His first miracle. He changed water into wine for the wedding guests at Cana in Galilee. Over the centuries you have not ceased to obtain countless signs and wonders for the poor, exiled children of Eve. We therefore ask you to intercede with your Divine Son for the miraculous graces which the modern world so desperately needs:

  • For the conversion and reconversion of whole nations to Jesus Christ and His teaching on marriage and the family.
  • For the heroic preservation among Christians of their faith in the indissolubility of marriage, marital fidelity and the loving acceptance of children, as the bedrock of the Christian family.
  • For the courage of martyrs in all of us followers of Christ, that we may witness to His power to overcome the powers of darkness that are bent on destroying the human family and the moral law.

Mary, Mother of the Holy Family, and Mother of our families, pray for us.

(Father John A Hardon, SJ)

Available as a prayer card. Please contact us for copies.