Prayers for Marriage and the Family

Prayer for Families in America

We thank you, Lord Jesus,
because the Gospel of the Father’s love,
with which you came to save the world,
has been proclaimed far and wide in America
as a gift of the Holy Spirit
that fills us with gladness.

We thank you for the gift of your Life,
which you have given us by loving us to the end:
your Life makes us children of God,
brothers and sisters to each other.
Increase, O Lord, our faith and our love for you,
present in all the tabernacles of the continent.

Grant us to be faithful witnesses
to your Resurrection
for the younger generation of Americans,
so that, in knowing you, they may follow you
and find in you their peace and joy.
Only then will they know that they
are brothers and sisters
of all God’s children scattered
throughout the world.

You who, in becoming man,
chose to belong to a human family,
teach families the virtues which filled with light
the family home of Nazareth.

May families always be united,
as you and the Father are one,
and may they be living witnesses
to love, justice and solidarity;
make them schools of respect,
forgiveness and mutual help,
so that the world may believe;
help them to be the source of vocations
to the priesthood and the consecrated life,
and all the other forms
of firm Christian commitment.

Protect your Church and the Successor of Peter,
to whom you, Good Shepherd, have entrusted
the task of feeding your flock.
Grant that the Church in America may flourish
and grow richer in the fruits of holiness.

Teach us to love your Mother, Mary,
as you loved her.
Give us strength to proclaim
your word with courage
in the work of the new evangelization,
so that the world may know new hope.
Our Lady of Guadalupe, Mother of America,
pray for us!

~ Blessed John Paul II
The Church in America

Prayer to the Holy Family for the Protection of Marriage

Jesus, you chose to be born into a family
with a married mother and father.
We ask for courage as we stand with children,
protecting their fundamental human right
to know and be cared for
by their mothers and fathers, as far as possible.
May no child ever be intentionally deprived
of his mother or father, without just cause.

We ask the intercession of the Holy Family
for laws that recognize marriage
that unites a man and a woman with each other
and any children born from their union.
We pray for public institutions that encourage men and women
to make themselves irreplaceable to each other in marriage
in preparation to receive children as gifts.

Grant us the grace and wisdom
to participate in the evangelization of culture
for marriage and family.


Prayer for Marriage Advocates

In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

Lord God, Almighty God and Father,
we pray to you for the protection of marriage and the family.

Please send your Holy Spirit upon us to give us strength and courage
to witness the truths of your plan for marriage, procreation and the family.

We pray that you provide us with worthy hearts
to advocate with faith and charity and
with respect for the dignity of every human person.

We pray this with confidence
in the name of Your Son, Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.


A Litany For Marriage and the Family

Holy Mother of God, Pray for us
Mother of divine grace, Pray for us
Mother of good counsel, Pray for us
Lady of the families of earth, Pray for us
Mirror of justice, Pray for us
Seat of wisdom, Pray for us
Joy of all who sorrow, Pray for us
Life-giving spring, Pray for us
Refuge of sinners, Pray for us
Searcher for the lost, Pray for us
Comforter of the afflicted, Pray for us
Help of Christians, Pray for us
Spouse of God the Holy Spirit, Pray for us
Our Lady of Guadalupe, patroness of the Americas and star of the new evangelization, Pray for us
Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception, patroness of the United States, Pray for us
Our Lady of the Wayside, patroness of California Pray for us
St. Joseph the Betrothed and Protector of the Church, patron of married couples and of Catholics for the Common Good, Pray for us
St. Valentine, martyr and protector of the betrothed, and patron of happy marriages, Pray for us
St. Thomas More, patron of difficult marriages and large families Pray for us
St. Monica, mother of St. Augustine, and patroness of difficult marriages and married women, Pray for us
St Francis of Assisi, patron of Catholic Action, Pray for us
Pope John Paul II, inspiration for Catholics for the Common Good and defender of marriage and the family, Pray for us.

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee.
Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God, Pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit,
As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end.