O God, by Your mighty power You made all things out of nothing. First, You set the beginnings of the universe
in order. Then, You made man
in Your image, and appointed woman
to be his inseparable helpmate. Thus You made woman's body from the flesh of man, thereby teaching that what You have been pleased to institute from one principle might never lawfully be put asunder. O God, You have sanctified marriage by a mystery
so excellent that in the marriage union You foreshadowed the union of Christ
and the Church. O God, You join woman
to man, and You endow that fellowship with a blessing
which was not taken away in punishment for original sin
nor by the sentence
of the flood. Look, in Your mercy, upon this Your handmaid, about to be joined in wedlock, who entreats You to protect and strengthen her. Let the yoke of marriage to her be one of love and peace. Faithful and chaste, let her marry in Christ. Let her ever follow the model of holy women: let her be dear to her husband like Rachel; wise like Rebecca; long-lived and faithful like Sara. Let the author of sin
of his evil
deeds within her; let her ever keep the Faith
and the commandments. Let her be true to one wedlock and shun all sinful embraces; let her strengthen weakness by stern discipline. Let her be grave in demeanor, honorable for her modesty, learned in heavenly doctrine, fruitful in children. Let her life
and innocent. Let her come finally to the rest of the blessed in the kingdom of heaven. May they both see their children's children
to the third and fourth generation, thus attaining the old age which they desire. Through the same our Lord Jesus
Christ, Your Son, Who lives and reigns with You in the unity
of the Holy Spirit, God, world without end. Amen.
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Before the closing of the day,
Creator, we Thee humbly pray,
That, for Thy wonted mercy's sake,
Thou us under protection take.
May nothing in our minds excite
Vain dreams and phantoms of the night;
Our enemies repress, that so
Our bodies no uncleanness know.
In this, most gracious Father, hear,
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