THE SACREDNESS OF MARRIAGE:
ONE FLESH OF TWO BODIES
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, as spouses we are no longer two, but one flesh. As we are united in body, may we always be united in heart, mind, and spirit as well: seeking to grow in holiness together, seeking to give ourselves more to You as we give ourselves to each other. May we cherish each other’s bodies as Your temple, never dishonoring the place where You are most pleased to dwell. Amen.
For the Engaged
Lord Jesus Christ, as we prepare to be united as two in one flesh, grant that we might grow in mutual respect and understanding of each other. Help us to deepen our union of mind and heart, so that we will better appreciate our union of body as the privileged expression of that spiritual union which Your Spirit accomplishes in us. Amen.
Prayer for the Family
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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