World Marriage Day February 12

World Marriage Day is an annual event, founded by Worldwide Marriage Encounter 28 years ago, held on the second Sunday of February. The day is meant to honor, affirm and promote the vocation of husbands and wives and the positive impact of their dedicated example on our society, families, communities, Church and nation. Prayer for Marriage from the Archdiocese of St. Paul/Minneapolis:

Heavenly Father, Through the powerful intercession of the Holy Family, grant to this local Church the many graces we need to foster, strengthen, and support faith-filled, holy marriages and holy families. May the vocation of married life, a true calling to share in your own divine and creative life, be recognized by all believers as a source of blessing and joy, and a revelation of your own divine goodness. Grant to us all the gift of courage to proclaim and defend your plan for marriage, which is the union of one man and one woman in a lifelong, exclusive relationship of loving trust, compassion, and generosity, open to the conception of children. We make our prayer through Jesus Christ, who is Lord forever and ever. Amen.