“What God Has Joined Together”
We praise you, O God, for the gift of personal relationships.
We praise you for the gift of the marriage relationship in which so much mutual fulfillment is possible.
We praise you for the ideal that you established for our marriage relationships; we praise you for the purpose of your creation that is fulfilled in the ways that we relate to one another as husband and wife.
Give us grace, O God, to learn from our failures to live up to your ideal.
Give us grace, O God, to live up to your ideal from this moment on.
“He answered, ‘Have you not read that the one who made them at the beginning “made them male and female,” and said, “For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh”? So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.’” (Matthew 19:4-6)