“The Meaning of Marriage” – bishops’ pastoral statement

 

The Bishops’ pastoral statement The Meaning of Marriage advises the faithful that “to redefine the nature of marriage would be to undermine it as the fundamental building block of our society.  The Church seeks with others to reaffirm … that marriage should be reserved for the unique and complementary relationship between a woman and a man from which the generation and upbringing of children is uniquely possible.”

Bishops encourage everyone to read The Meaning of Marriage which is available in churches in more than 1,300 parishes throughout the island.

Below please find links to a pdf version of The Meaning of Marriage in English and Irish, a word version and prayers for marriage and the family:

Prayers for Marriage and Family

God’s Plan for Our Marriage and Family

As we answer God’s call
in our vocation
in the Sacrament of Marriage
to follow Christ and to serve
the kingdom of God in our married life,
we ask, in and through the concreteness of
events, problems, difficulties and circumstances
of everyday life, that God will come to us,
guiding us and enlightening us as we share
Christ’s love with one another, in our family life,
at work, in our neighbourhood, in our
contributions to society
and in the life and worship of our parish.

AMEN

Inspired by John Paul II, Familiaris Consortio (51),
from The Family Prayer Book