vows and prayers of the faithful

We had some people ask if we could post our vows or the Prayers of the Faithful because they didn’t heard them or wanted to read them over again. These are what we have written–the spoken version may have been slightly altered.

Margaret’s Vow

Adrian, you are the man I am going to marry and today, I promise you the whole rest of my life. I promise you my joy and my sorrow, my wisdom and my stupidity, my health and my sickness, my wealth and my poverty.

I also promise you my fidelity, my loyalty, and my love.

I promise to look for what is admirable in you, what is strong, and what is beautiful. I promise to see you clearly and to love you totally. I promise to comfort you when you are hurt or in sorrow, and to stay by your side – through thick and thin, come what may. I promise to laugh with you, to rejoice in your triumph, and to celebrate you.

For the rest of our lives I promise to be yours, and yours alone; to be the partner you want and the partner you need.

I make these vows in the knowledge that with God’s grace and the support of the people gathered around us, I will live them all the rest of my days.

Adrian’s vows

I, Adrian, take you, Margaret, to be my wife. I promise to love in good times and in bad, to talk with you and work with you through hardship, to thank you for things big and small, to try to amplify the good and joyful in our lives, to honor your strength, and to always answer your questions about what I am thinking honestly, for all the days of our lives.

Prayers of the Faithful

The Prayers of the Faithful was read by Adrian’s mom, Joan. Some were taken from the standard ones, others were adapted or entirely written new.

  1. For leaders of Church and state, for heads of institutions, for heads of homes and households, that they will lead us and guide us in the search for God and the good life, in the search for peace and joy, in the search for love among us. Let us pray to the Lord.
  2. For our Holy Father on earth, Pope Francis, for Cardinal O’Malley and all the bishops and clergy everywhere that they may lead us to deeper faith in God and a stronger love for others.  Let us pray to the Lord.
  3. For all married people: for those who married yesterday, for the new couple Margaret and Adrian married today, for those who will marry tomorrow: that they may savor the joy of being together, warm love, children, a long life, friends, and a new hopeful day, every day. Let us pray to the Lord.
  4. For peace and joy within families. For peace in the new family which has been formed today and for all families, that they may grow in love and respect. Let us pray to the Lord.
  5. For the lonely old and the lonely young, for the hungry rich and hungry poor, for the sick in body, mind, and spirit. For the weakness in all of us. Let us pray to the Lord.
  6. For the people who live in suffering around the world and around the corner. For the victims of war and conflict,  that they may find peace and freedom. For the victims of oppression, that they may have the basic human rights they deserve. Let us pray to the Lord.
  7. For the strength to love our neighbors and enemies alike, that we love each person we encounter, secure in the knowledge that we are backed by God’s endless love. Let us pray to the Lord.
  8. For the souls of our faithfully departed, especially Kay Wicklund, John Sheridan, II, Cecelia and William Styslinger, Katherine and Alec Milne, Paul Helmut and Hildegard Bischoff, the grandparents of Margaret and Adrian; that they may live in the glory of God in everlasting peace. Let us pray to the Lord….

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