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Text of the opening prayer for a Catholic wedding

Below is the text of the six options from the updated Roman Missal (2010) for the Opening Prayer that is said during a Catholic wedding. Following those options are an additional four options taken from the earlier translation of the Rite of Marriage (1969), which may be used for a wedding outside of Mass. To see where the Opening Prayer occurs in a Catholic wedding mass, check the order of a Catholic wedding ceremony during Mass or the order of a Catholic wedding ceremony outside Mass.

Italics indicate the rubrics, the instructions to the presider.

Excerpts from the English translation of the Roman Missal are copyright © 2010, International Committee on English in the Liturgy, Inc. Excerpts from the English translation of Rite of Marriage are copyright © 1969, ICEL. All rights reserved. Individuals who wish to reproduce text from the Rite of Marriage for their own use (including reproduction in wedding programs) must follow the ICEL copyright permission procedures, which may be found at www.icelweb.org.

Opening Prayer (Collect)

Option A

Be attentive to our prayers, 0 Lord,
and in your kindness uphold
what you have established for the increase of the human race,
so that the union you have created
may be kept safe by your assistance.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.

OR:

O God, who in creating the human race
willed that man and wife should be one,
join, we pray, in a bond of inseparable love
these your servants who are to be united in the covenant of Marriage,
so that, as you make their love fruitful,
they may become, by your grace, witnesses to charity itself.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.

We ask you this
through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.

Option B

Be attentive to our prayers. 0 Lord,
and in your kindness
pour out your grace on these your servants (N. and N.),
that. corning together before your altar,
they may be confirmed in love for one another.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ. your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.

OR:

O God, who consecrated the bond of Marriage
by so great a mystery
that in the wedding covenant you foreshadow
the Sacrament of Christ and his Church,
grant, we pray, to these your servants,
that what they receive in faith
they may live out in deeds.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.

We ask you this
through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.

Option C

Grant, we pray, almighty God,
that these your servants,
now to be joined by the Sacrament of Matrimony,
may grow in the faith they profess
and enrich your Church with faithful offspring.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.

OR:

O God, who since the beginning of the world
have blessed the increase of offspring,
show favor to our supplications
and pour forth the help of your blessing
on these your servants (N, and N.),
so that in the union of Marriage
they may be bound together
in mutual affection,
in likeness of mind,
and in shared holiness.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.

Options from previous translation in Rite of Marriage

Option 1

Father,
you have made the bond of marriage
a holy mystery,
a symbol of Christ’s love for his Church.
Hear our prayers for [Name] and [Name].
With faith in you and in each other
they pledge their love today.
May their lives always bear witness
to the reality of that love.

We ask you this
through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.

Option 2

Father,
hear our prayers for [Name] and [Name],
who today are united in marriage before your altar.
Give them your blessing,
and strengthen their love for each other.

We ask you this
through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.

Option 3

Almighty God,
hear our prayers for [Name] and [Name],
who have come here today
to be united in the sacrament of marriage.
Increase their faith in you and in each other,
and through them bless your Church
(with Christian children).

We ask you this
through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.

Option 4

Father,
when you created mankind
you willed that man and wife should be one.
Bind [Name] and [Name]
in the loving union of marriage;
and make their love fruitful
so that they may be living witnesses
to your divine love in the world.

We ask you this
through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.

For more information

Order of a Catholic wedding ceremony during Mass
A step-by-step walk through the complete order of the Catholic wedding Mass.

Order of a Catholic wedding ceremony outside Mass
A step-by-step walk through the complete order of a Catholic wedding outside of Mass.

Order of a wedding between a Catholic and an unbaptized person
A step-by-step walk through the complete order of a wedding between a Catholic and someone who has not been baptized as a Christian.

Choosing the form of your wedding
As you begin planning your wedding, one of the first things you will discuss with the priest or deacon at your parish is which form of the Rite of Marriage you will use during your wedding. Here are the three basic options.

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