Third Annual Novena for a Happy and Faithful Marriage (July 17-25, 2016)
The Novena for a Happy and Faithful Marriage is inspired by St Josemaria’s desire to help all married couples, and those preparing for marriage, to find meaning and encouragement in their vocation through a commitment to daily prayer and friendship with God.
Together we pray for all married couples, and those who are engaged, that they will be more fully aware of the dignity of their vocation to marriage and help them prepare themselves, with the grace of God, to live it better.
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MARRIAGE: A DIVINE PATH
“It is important for married people to acquire a clear sense of the dignity of their vocation. They must know that they have been called by God not only to human love but also to a divine love, through their human love. It is important for them to realize that they have been chosen from all eternity to cooperate with the creative power of God by having and then bringing up children. Our Lord asks them to make their home and their entire family life a testimony of all the Christian virtues.
“I shall never tire of repeating that marriage is a great and marvelous divine path. Like everything divine in us, it calls for response to grace, generosity, dedication and service. Selfishness, in whatever shape or form, is opposed to the love of God which ought to govern our lives.”
St. Josemaria Escriva
Conversations, no. 93
A novena is a personal commitment that one makes to pray for nine consecutive days to ask God for answers to a specific request, struggle, or intention. The novena prayer is repeated each day and can be accompanied by reading and reflection. Novenas can be prayed throughout the year and are often prayed in preparation for a feast day of the Church.
How to pray the Novena for a Happy and Faithful Marriage:
- Read the reflection of the day slowly in front of a crucifix or image of the Holy Family
- Meditate on the reading and ask God to let you see what you need to understand
- Pray one of the two prayers indicated for the day (for the married or engaged)
- End with the Prayer for the Family and ask God for your specific request(s)
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