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Prayers and Readings for Anniversaries

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The Birthday by Chagall

The painting above is l’Anniversaire, or “The Birthday” by the Jewish painter, Marc Chagall, who happens to be Pope Francis’ favorite artist. In the painting Chagall is seen “bending over backward” to kiss his wife, Bella, whom he married the same year the painting was made. We think it’s a fitting painting for those celebrating an anniversary. Below are some prayers and blessings for anniversary celebrations from Catholic Household Blessings and Prayers

 

Listen to the words of the first Letter of St. Paul to the Corinthians (1:4-9):

I give thanks to my God always on your account for the grace of God bestowed on you in Jesus Christ, that in him you were enriched in every way, with all discourse and all knowledge, as the testimony to Christ was confirmed among you, so that you are not lacking in any spiritual gift as you wait for the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ. He will keep you firm to the end, irreproachable on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is faithful, and by him you were called to fellowship with his son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

Reader: The Word of the Lord.

R/. Thanks be to God.

 

Blessing A
Lord God and Creator,
we bless and praise your name.
In the beginning you made man and woman,
so that they might enter into a communion of life and love.
You likewise blessed the union of N., and N.,
so that they might reflect the union of Christ with his Church:
look with kindness on them today.
Amid the joys and struggles of their life
you have preserved the union between them;
renew their marriage covenant,
increase your love of them,
and strengthen their bond of peace,
so that (surrounded by their children)
they may always rejoice in the gift of your blessings.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.

R./ Amen.

 

Blessing B
Almighty and eternal God,
you have so exalted the unbreakable bond of marriage
that it has become the sacramental sign
of your Son’s union with the Church as his spouse.
Look with favor on N., and N.,
whom you have united in marriage,
as they ask for your help
and the protection of the Virgin Mary.
They pray that in good times and in bad
they will grow in  love for each other;
that they will resolve to be of one heart
in the bond of peace.
Lord, in their struggles let them rejoice
that you are near to help them;
in their needs let them know
that you are there to rescue them;
in their joys let them see
that you are the source ad completion of every happiness.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.

R./ Amen

 

Final Prayer

May the God of hope fill us with every joy in believing. May the peace of Christ abound in our hearts. May the Holy Spirit enrich us with his gifts, both now and forever. Amen.

– The Book of Blessings