Catholic Archbishop John Nienstedt has issued a “Prayer for Marriage” to parishes in the St. Paul-Minneapolis archdiocese to be used during the Prayers for the Faithful portion of Mass.
The archdiocese has been a big supporter of a proposed constitutional amendment that will be on the state ballot in November 2012. If passed, the amendment would ban gay marriage in the state.
In announcing the prayer, Nienstedt said in a letter:
“We must educate our fellow citizens on the meaning and good of marriage. We must actively and resolutely promote widespread participation among our fellow believers in the support of a marriage amendment. And most importantly, we must pray and offer sacrifice for the success of all endeavors that seek to protect and promote marriage.”
Nienstedt wrote that he offered the prayers to parishes “to help assist in the strengthening of our state-wide efforts to defend marriage in our civil constitution.”
And he wants Catholics to pray and sacrifice on Fridays, to help get the amendment passed:
I would also like to call upon all Catholics of the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis to embrace Fridays as a particular day of prayer and sacrifice for the success of this most current struggle to defend marriage with our civil constitution. Without such deliberate prayers and sacrifices, our efforts will be in vain. But with God, all things are possible.
The archbishop’s prayer:
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.