Prayers

Couples who choose to use the modern language service are invited to choose three prayers from the following.  Additionally the couple and congregation are invited to pray the Lord’s Prayer.  Normally couples choose readers for the prayers from amongst their family and friends, but if this is not possible or desired the priest will pray them.

The traditional language service has no options for additional prayers.  

Prayer A: For Faithfulness
God of all grace,
friend and companion,
look in favour on N and N 
and all who are made one in marriage.
In your love deepen their love,
strengthen their wills
to keep the promises they have made,
that they may continue in life-long faithfulness
to each other;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Prayer B: For the Joy of Loving
God our Creator,
we thank you for your gift of sexual love
by which husband and wife
 may delight in each other,
and share with you the joy of creating new life.
By your grace may N and N  remain lovers,
rejoicing in your goodness all their days. Amen.

Prayer C: For Children
Lord of life,
you shape us in your image,
and by your gracious gift
 the human family is increased.
Grant to N and N the blessing of children.
Fill them with wisdom and love
 as they care for their family,
so that they and their children
 may know and love you,
through your Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Prayer D: For an Existing Family
God of all grace and goodness,
we thank you for this new family,
and for everything parents and children have to share;
by your Spirit of peace draw them together
and help them to be true friends to one another.
Let your love surround them
 and your care protect them,
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Prayer E: For Grace to Live Well
Faithful God,
giver of all good things,
give N and N wisdom and devotion
 in the ordering of their life together.
May they dwell together in love and peace
all the days of their life,
seeking one another’s welfare,
bearing one another’s burdens,
and sharing one another’s joys;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Prayer F: For Discipleship
Eternal God,
without your grace nothing is strong, nothing is sure.
Strengthen N and N with patience, kindness, gentleness,
and all other gifts of the Holy Spirit,
so that they may fulfil the vows they have made.
Keep them faithful to each other and to you.
Fill them with such love and joy
 that they may build a home of peace and welcome.
Make their life together a sign of Christ’s love
 in this broken world,
that unity may overcome estrangement,
forgiveness heal guilt,
 and joy conquer despair;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Prayer G: For the Families of the Couple
Gracious Lord,
bless the parents and families of  N and N
that they may grow in love and friendship.
Grant that, as they have witnessed these vows today,
they may find their lives enriched and strengthened
and their loyalties confirmed;
in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Prayer H: For the Healing of Memory
Loving God,
you are merciful and forgiving.
Grant that those who are suffering
the hurts of the past
may experience your generous love.
Heal their memories, comfort them,
and send them all from here
renewed and hopeful. Amen.

Prayer I: For the Joy of Companionship
All praise and blessing to you,
God of love,
creator of the universe,
maker of man and woman in your likeness,
source of blessing for married life.
All praise to you, for you have created
courtship and marriage,
joy and gladness,
feasting and laughter,
pleasure and delight.
May your blessing come in full upon N and N.
May they know your presence
in their joys and in their sorrows.
May they reach old age in the company of friends
and come at last to your eternal kingdom. Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer
Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name.
Thy Kingdom come, thy will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
the power and the glory,
for ever and ever.  Amen.