Concepts create idols; only wonder grasps anything. - St Gregory of Nyssa

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Betrothal Prayer

O Lord our God, who accompanied the servant of the Patriarch Abraham into Mesopotamia, when he was sent to espouse a wife for his lord Isaac, and who, by means of the drawing of water, revealed to him that he should betroth Rebecca, do You, the same Lord, bless also the betrothal of these Your servants and confirm the promise that they have made.

Establish them in the holy union which is from You. For You, in the beginning, made them male and female, and by You is the woman joined to the man as a helper, and for the procreation of the human race.

Therefore, O Lord our God, Who sent forth Your truth upon Your inheritance, and Your covenant to Your servants our fathers, Your elect from generation to generation: Look upon Your servant and upon Your handmaid, and establish and make stable their betrothal in faith, and in oneness of mind, in truth and in love.

For You, O Lord, declared that a pledge would be given and confirmed in all things. By a ring, power was given to Joseph in Egypt; by a ring, Daniel was glorified in the land of Babylon; by a ring, the uprightness of Tamar was reveled; by a ring, our Heavenly Father showed His bounty upon His Son, for He said: Bring the fatted calf and kill it, and let us eat and make merry. By Your own right hand, O Lord, You armed Moses in the Red Sea; by Your true word, the heavens were established and the foundations of the earth were made firm; and the right hands of Your servants also will be blessed by Your mighty word and by Your upraised arm.

Wherefore, O Lord, bless now this putting on of rings with Your heavenly blessings; and let Your angle go before them all the days of their life.

For you are He that blesses and sanctifies all things, and to You are due all glory, honor, and worship: to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and to ages of ages.

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