The observances of National Marriage Week (February 7-14) and World Marriage Day (Sunday, February 14) are opportunities to focus on building a culture of life and love that begins with supporting and promoting marriage and the family. The theme of the week this year is "To Have, To Hold, To Honor." The commemorations are a celebration of Christian marriage honoring husbands and wives as the foundation of the family, the basic unit of society, and the beauty of the faithfulness, sacrifices, and joys of daily married life. In addition, National Marriage Week encourages building a culture of life and love that begins with promoting and defending marriage and the family. The way in which we build such a culture is to encourage those who are married to live out the sacrament they have received.
A Message from Bishop Deeley
During National Marriage Week and World Marriage Day, we celebrate the gift which is marriage. In prayer, we lift up married couples to our loving God, asking him to help them grow in love with each other. The year has been a difficult one for many married couples. The isolated life of the pandemic has been both challenge and consolation. All the more reason for our prayer for married couples. We need the hope that the beauty of a committed marriage relationship shows to the world. Pope Francis rightly reminds us that marriage is the sacrament that attracts attention. People can see something beautiful happening in the life of a married couple. The sacrament of marriage is certainly a source of grace and strength for the couple, but it is also a gift to the Church as the commitment that is its foundation tells us that love is possible. It is a reflection of the very image and likeness of God who is love. As we celebrate marriage, we remember that God, in Jesus, is always with us and, with his help and grace, assists us in all our efforts to live the love he calls us to share. May our married couples continue to grow in love and peace and may the sacred union of man and woman in marriage always reflect the union of Christ with his Church.
- Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone, the head of the Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family LIfe, and Youth, and the Archbishop of San Francisco, invites all to participate and pray a Rosary for married couples and families on Wednesday, February 10, at 2 p.m. Archbishop Cordileone will lead the Rosary via livestream. You can join the online gathering on Wednesday by clicking here.
- Fr. Daniel Hanley, the associate director for Clergy, Consecrated life, and Vocations for the USCCB and Dominic Lombardi, the lay director of Laity, Marriage, Family Life, and Youth for the USCCB will come together to discuss fatherhood and spousal love on Friday, February 12, at 2 p.m. The conversation will be livestreamed. You can join the online gathering on Friday by clicking here.
- Bishop Robert Deeley will celebrate Mass on World Marriage Day (Sunday, February 14) at 10 a.m. at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Portland. The Mass will be available via livestream.
Prayer for Married Couples
Almighty and eternal God, you blessed the union of married couples so that they might reflect the union of Christ with his Church: look with kindness on them. Renew their marriage covenant, increase your love in them, and strengthen their bond of peace so that, with their children, they may always rejoice in the gift of your blessing. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.