Wedding Prayers of the Faithful Ideas for Your Catholic Ceremony

If you’re getting married in a Catholic Church, chances are a Google of ‘Wedding Prayers of the Faithful’ ideas is on your to-do list. Putting the ceremony booklet together can be a tricky and tedious part of the planning with lots of research when it comes to readings and prayers, but your Prayers of the Faithful can be a lovely way to involve family and friends in your ceremony.

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We’ve come across lots of couples looking for prayer ideas at the moment in our forums so we’ve done a bit of research and put together some of the most popular Prayers of the Faithful wedding options. We’ve broken them down in to categories to make it even easier to find what you’re looking for whether you’re looking to honour a lost loved one or give your parents a bit of a special mention for all that they’ve done for you. You can tweak them slightly, add in names to make them more personal or even use them as a guide when it comes to writing your own (always check withyour local priest or parish if you’re unsure of anything as they will be able to advise you on regulations and practices within the parish). Here are 25 popular wedding Prayers of the Faithful options to make doing up your ceremony booklet that little bit easier…

P.S. If you’re having a civil or humanist wedding ceremony, you have a lot more flexibility in terms of readings and poems. Check out some popular non-religious ceremony readings here!

The Couple

1. We pray that the love of X and X may grow deeper each day and may that love strengthen and comfort them on their journey through life together. Lord, hear us.
All: Lord, graciously hear us.

2. We pray for X and X as they begin their married life together. May their home be full of joy and laughter, may God give them good health and may they always find happiness in each other. Lord, hear us.
All: Lord, graciously hear us.

3. For X and X that the Lord, who brought them to this happy day, will keep them forever in fidelity and love. Lord, hear us.
All: Lord, graciously hear us.

4. We pray for X and X, that their life together will be filled with happiness and love, that they may always be true friends to each other. That together they will face the challenges of life. May their home be one filled with love. Bless them on their journey through life. Lord, hear us.
All: Lord, graciously hear us.

5. On this special day we ask that you bless X and X on their journey through life. May they rejoice with one another in moments of strength and be compassionate towards each other in moments of weakness. May they love and appreciate one another for who they are. Lord, hear us.
All: Lord, graciously hear us.

Parents/Family

1. We pray for the parents of X and X, for their family and friends and all who have helped them to become husband and wife. Lord, hear us.
All: Lord, graciously hear us.

2. We pray for the parents of X and X, their sisters/brothers and their extended families gathered here today. We give thanks for their constant love and support. Lord, hear us.
All: Lord, graciously hear us.

3. By this marriage, two families have been united. May both families continue to be a source of love, support and guidance through X and X’s life. Lord, hear us.
All: Lord, graciously hear us.

4. For X and X parents, X & X, having given them life in the beginning, they now see them build a new and happy life together. Lord, hear us.
All: Lord, graciously hear us.

Friendship

1. Lord we thank you for the gift of friendship. We pray for the parents, families and friends of X and X who have come from near and far, and for all the help, support and encouragement they have given. May the Lord reward them for their goodness and kindness. Lord, hear us.
All: Lord, graciously hear us.

2. For the friends of X and X, may they live happy lives and be safe from harm. Lord, hear us.
All: Lord, graciously hear us.

3. For all friends here present, young and old, married and single, that they be blessed with health and peace. Lord, hear us.
All: Lord, graciously hear us.

4. We pray for all here present that God may give you peace in your hearts for today, hope in your hearts for tomorrow and love in your hearts forever. Lord, hear us.
All: Lord, graciously hear us.

Married Couples

1. May all married couples here today be reminded of the joy of their own day. May they give thanks for the happiness they have known and may each day find them more devoted to each other than the last. Lord, hear us.
All: Lord, graciously hear us.

2. We pray for married couples everywhere, that their lives will be an example to the world of unity, fidelity and love. Lord, hear us.
All: Lord, graciously hear us.

Lost Loved Ones

1. We remember the smiles and laughter of those who have gone before us, who would have loved to share in the joy and happiness of this day. We thank God for the happy memories they have left with us. May God one day unite us again. Lord, hear us.
All: Lord, graciously hear us.

2. Let us pray for the family and friends of X and X who have departed from this life but who are with us today in spirit. As long as we live they too will live and we remember them with love. Lord, hear us.
All: Lord, graciously hear us.

3. We remember today with a special love, friends and family members who have touched our lives, and are sadly no longer with us. May they remain in our thoughts and prayers. Lord, bless them and keep them in your care until one day, we are reunited with them in the joys of our eternal home. Lord, hear us.
All: Lord, graciously hear us.

4. As we gather to celebrate this joyful day, we remember the faithful departed whom we have loved. May they watch over us today and join with us in love. Lord, hear us.
All: Lord, graciously hear us.

Health

1. For the sick and those who are bereaved, while we are celebrating, that in their suffering and loneliness they may experience the strength of God’s support. Lord, hear us.
All: Lord, graciously hear us.

2. We pray for all those who are sick, lonely, or struggling in today’s world. May they be strengthened by God’s love and aided by their friends. Lord, hear us.
All: Lord, graciously hear us.

3. For the gifts of life and good health which we so often take for granted. May we always appreciate these gifts and may they bring us closer to God. Lord, hear us.
All: Lord, graciously hear us.

4. Lord, we are blessed today to be gathered together for a happy occasion. Let us give thanks for our own blessings, for the gifts of life and health, which we so often take for granted and pray for all those who are suffering due to illness, loneliness, injustice, or poverty at this time. We also remember those who care for them, that God will give them the hope and inner strength they need. Lord, hear us.
All: Lord, graciously hear us.

Other

1. We pray for the private intentions of all here present, that God may grant you and your loved ones your requests, and guide you happily through life. Lord, hear us.
All: Lord, graciously hear us.

2. We pray for those who mourn while we are rejoicing, that in their suffering and loneliness they may experience the strength of God’s support. Lord, hear us.
All: Lord, graciously hear us.

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