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Day 1

THE VOCATION TO MARRIAGE:
A SUPERNATURAL CALLING

How to pray this novena
  • Choose a date and time (e.g. end of day, after dinner) to start the novena
  • 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)

Prayer for the Day

For the Married

Lord Jesus Christ, You have elevated the covenant of marriage between man and woman to the dignity of a sacrament, making of our relationship a true pathway to holiness. Help us never to lose sight of the holiness of our bond. You will that husband and wife should image Your own spousal relationship with the Church. May we always reflect the beauty of that relationship by the holiness of our lives and our fidelity to each other. Amen.

For the Engaged

Lord Jesus Christ, help us to appreciate how great the calling to marriage is, as we together prepare for the great sacrament (cf. Eph 5:32). Grant that we might seek to reflect the love that You have for Your Church by our sincere and sacrificing love for each other. May we be pure in our hearts, chaste in our bodies, and generous in our service to one another, so that our love for each other may truly imitate the love with which You laid down Your life for Your bride, the Church. Amen.

Prayer for the Family
(concluding prayer)

O God our Loving Father,

Creator of all things, you sent your Son, Jesus Christ, our Redeemer, into the home of Mary and Joseph forming the Holy Family of Nazareth; inspire us by their example to imitate their selfless charity in our family life.

Through the intercession of St Josemaria, help our families to be united in the heart of Christ, enjoying a loving communion with each other, recognizing and upholding the sacredness of marriage, generously welcoming the gift of life, and valuing the inestimable gift of each family member.

Help us to dedicate ourselves in generous service to our families and to reflect the love that Christ had for Mary and Joseph, making our family a true domestic Church with Christ at its center.

Teach us to find Christ in the crosses that occur in family life and help us to find joy in them and unite them to him.

Watch over and protect our family so that each member will be faithful to the Gospel and never stray from the path of holiness. We ask you, through the intercession of St Josemaria, to grant us the favor of (make your request). Amen.

Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, we give our hearts and souls to you.

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