The Nuptial Blessing
Following the Pater noster and before the Libera nos:
Let us pray: Listen with favor, O Lord, to our prayers, and graciously uphold the institution of marriage established by you for the continuation of the human race, so that they who have been joined together by your authority may remain faithful together by your help. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, forever and ever. Amen.
Let us pray. O God, by your mighty power you made all things where before there was nothing; you put in order the beginnings of the universe and formed for man, made to your image, an inseparable helpmate, woman. You gave woman's body its origin from man's flesh, to teach that it is never right to separate her from the one being from whom it has pleased you to take her.
OGod, you consecrated the union of marriage, making it a sign so profound as to prefigure in the marriage covenant the mystery of Christ and the Church.
OGod, you join woman to man and give to that society, the first to be established, the blessing which alone was not taken away in punishment for original sin or in the doom of the Flood:
Look with kindness on this your servant who is to be joined to her husband in the companionship of marriage and who seeks to be made secure by your protection.
May this yoke that she is placing on herself to be one of love and peace. May she be faithful and chaste, marrying in Christ, and may she always imitate the holy women: may she be the beloved of her husband as was Rachel; wise, as was Rebecca; long lived and loyal, as was Sara.
May the author of sin have no mastery over her because of her acts. May she hold firm to the faith and the commandments. Faithful to one embrace, may she flee from unlawful companionship. By firm discipline may she fortify herself against her weakness, May she be grave in her modesty, honorable in her chastity, learned in the teachings of heaven.
May she be rich in children, may she prove worthy and blameless, and may she attain in the end to the peace of the blessed, the kingdom of heaven.
May she and her husband together see their children's children to the third and fourth generation and enjoy the long life that will fulfill their desires. Through the same Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, forever and ever. Amen.
Following Ite, missa est:
May the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, the God of Jacob be with you, and may he fulfill in you his blessing, so that you may see your children's children to the third and fourth generation and afterward possess everlasting and boundless life. Through the help of our Lord Jesus Christ, who with the Father and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, God, forever and ever. Amen.