On behalf of St. Sebastians parish – we offer you a blessing on this happy occasion.
In gratitude for God blessing you all these years, we turn to Him in humble thanksgiving.
Thankful for the gift of this united life, thankful for when the two of you met and that one of you took the initiative to make this union lifelong.
In happy and joyous times, we hope that you both savored them and kept pieces of that happiness tucked away in a safe place for future memories. We hope that your marriage strengthened the personal commitments of those around you. (For whether we like it or not, we witness commitment, dedication and perseverance for all to see and believe.)
God created marriage as a sacrament to unite man and woman together in a union that is similar to the relationship between Christ and the Church – in other words, it is inseparable, it is one and it lasts a lifetime.
I hope that you are now able to finish each other’s sentences (even if the other person doesn’t like it), I hope you have likes and dislikes figured out after 50 years of shared life, I hope that in retelling stories to friends and you change things around that the other doesn’t correct you but simply smiles at how one story can have so many different endings.
We pray that in troubling and difficult times that you sought God’s advice as well as the advice of each other. If the troubles were personal, we hope that you experienced them together and solved or treated them together. We pray that during troubling times you two were able to find that happiness and joy that you tucked away and kept safe years ago.
Life is full of ups and downs, twists and turns. We pray that life’s road was made a little easier and smoother because you had a shoulder to lean upon, a friend who told you that “It’s okay” even when it wasn’t, a confidant who helped you carry your burdens and worries, doubts and anxieties.
50 years ago you turned to each other and said “I do” without knowing what “I do” did. Now you know. You’ve lived it and now witness that commitment to all of us here today. And we pray that what you said 50 years ago may echo through all your years ahead. And even better than that, that your years may resonate into the eternal kingdom promised us by Jesus Christ.
For it is in his name that this parish community blesses you today Bob and Marilyn…
(Name) and (Name), May
bless you and grant you joy. May He deepen your love for each other. May He bless you + in your
and friends, And lead you to unending
May Almighty God, Father, Son, + and Holy Spirit, Bless us all, And keep us in His love for ever and ever.
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Here is a wedding anniversary prayer that can be used at a wedding anniversary party or used as a personal prayer for a parent’s wedding anniversary or a friend’s wedding anniversary. This wedding anniversary prayer can also be used for a special anniversary, such as a 25th wedding anniversary or a 50th wedding anniversary. Prayer is always the perfect anniversary gift idea!
Wedding Anniversary Prayer of Blessing
Dear Heavenly Father, We thank you for the grace and blessings you have given this couple during the past______ years of marriage. We celebrate and recall the day when they joined together as partners in life and we thank you for being with them on their daily journey together through life’s ups and downs.
Increase their sense of belonging to each other, just as Jesus says, “For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh. So they are no longer two, but one.” (Matthew 19:5,6 NIV)
We thank you that you have freely given them your presence, strength, help and hope. We pray that they will continue to grow in their ability to work together for the good of each other, for the good of their family and for the good of the world.
Fill them with love, forgiveness, patience and trust.
Guide them with the light of your word where it says, “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is no proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.” (I Corinthians 13:4-8)
Increase their sense of companionship and friendship. Grant them the ability to laugh at their mistakes and the means to share the simple pleasures of life together.
Enable them to speak the truth in love. Help them to be good listeners. And grant them wisdom and a spirit of cooperation as they make your good plans together on the tough issues and challenges they face.
Surround them with good friends and neighbors. Protect their home. Care for their family. Provide for their needs. Guard their health. And may they enjoy many other anniversaries together. In the name of Christ we pray, Amen.
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