Holy in marriage

Father, all-powerful and ever living God,
   we do well always and everywhere to give you thanks.
You created man in love to share your divine life.
We see his high destiny in the love of husband and wife,
   which bears the imprint of your own divine love.
Love is man’s origin,
   love is his constant calling,
   love is his fulfillment in heaven.
The love of man and woman
   is made holy in the sacrament of marriage,
   and becomes the mirror of your everlasting love.
Through Christ the choir of angels
   and all saints
   praise and worship your glory.
May our voices blend with theirs
   as we join in their unending hymn:
Holy, holy, holy…

Preface of Marriage, The Sacramentary, Vatican II
2000 Years of Prayer

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Ephesians 5:21-27

Be subject to one another out of reverence for Christ.
Wives, be subject to your husbands as you are to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife just as Christ is the head of the church, the body of which he is the Savior. Just as the church is subject to Christ, so also wives ought to be, in everything, to their husbands.
Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, in order to make her holy by cleansing her with the washing of water by the word, so as to present the church to himself in splendor, without a spot or wrinkle or anything of the kind—yes, so that she may be holy and without blemish

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