World Marriage Day Mass Introduction

Today is World Marriage Day and we pray for and with those in the sacrament of Marriage. An important question that we clergy, priests and deacons ask a couple pertains to the issue of freedom. In our interview, we ask: is there anyone or anything forcing you into this marriage? If the answer is “yes,” that sends up a red flag. It is so important that during the marriage rite before the vows, the question is asked of the bride and groom: (the wording is recently changed) N. and N., have you come here to enter into Marriage without coercion, freely and wholeheartedly? They are to answer “I have.” Freedom is essential and it is the basis of love that comes from God. For the times that we have chosen against God’s will, for the times we have sinned, let us ask God for mercy. (Now read homily for Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time for more.)

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