Celebrate World Marriage Day
World Marriage Day is usually celebrated on the second Sunday of February. Because of other happenings, we are celebrating it this weekend. World Marriage Day honors husband and wife as head of the family, the basic unit of society. It salutes the beauty of their faithfulness, sacrifice, struggles and joy in daily, married life.
The idea of celebrating marriage began in Baton Rouge, La., in 1981, when couples encouraged the mayor, the governor and the Bishop to proclaim St. Valentine’s Day as ʺWe Believe in Marriage Dayʺ. The event was so successful that the idea was presented to and adopted by Worldwide Marriage Encounterʹs national leadership. By 1982, 43 Governors officially proclaimed the day, and celebrations spread to U.S. military bases in several foreign countries. In 1983, the name was changed to ʺWorld Marriage Dayʺ, designated to be celebrated each year on the second Sunday in February. WMD celebrations continue to grow and spread to more countries and faith expressions every year.
The World Marriage Day Symbol speaks of the role and values of marriage. Husband and wife are symbolically seen as two candle-like figures, as a reminder that married love calls married couples to help enlighten the world. The couple is joined by a heart, focusing on love as the power that fosters unity within the couple and generates the capacity to be lifegiving and inspire others to fruitfulness and unity.
The theme for WMD has been permanently adopted as ʺLove One Anotherʺ. This phrase is the commandment given to us by Jesus in John 15:12. It speaks to married couples in a simple but challenging way of how our Good and Gracious God who gave this gift to them, wishes them to live.
Loving one another is a daily decision—simple but challenging, and more likely to endure when the couple prays together, keeping God as the center of their lives. Praying together can bring the couple closer to each other and deeply reinforce their relationship with God.
Let us pray especially for every couple of our parish as we celebrate the gift of the Sacrament of Marriage.
Restatement of Vows
Couples (please face each other and repeat after the celebrant):
Husbands: I have taken you ________, to be my wife. I promise to be true to you in the good times and in bad, in sickness and in health. I will love you and honor you all the days of my life.
Wives: I have taken you, ________, to be my husband. I promise to be true to you in the good times and in bad, in sickness and in health. I will love you and honor you all the days of my life.
Maridos: Te he tomado ________, para ser mi esposa. Prometo serte fiel en los buenos y malos momentos, en la enfermedad y en la salud. Te amaré y te honraré todos los días de mi vida.
Esposas: Te he tomado, ________, para que seas mi esposo. Prometo serte fiel en los buenos y malos momentos, en la enfermedad y en la salud. Te amaré y te honraré todos los días de mi vida.