A Christian Prayer for Engaged Couples

Man with engagement ring proposing to his girlfriend in a restaurant
A man proposes to his girlfriend in a restaurant. Eric Audras/Getty Images

In Christian culture, it's said that the family that prays together, stays together--prayer is said to be the glue that holds the family intact. Christian married couples who are genuinely devout might choose to share a prayer before bedtime each night, or families may choose to begin each day with a shared prayer. In families where mealtime prayers are routine, these prayers may be focused on family issues as a means for fostering family unity.

Such practice is particularly common for Catholic families, as well as for many Protestant households. 

But for devout Christian couples, prayers together should start even before they are married. This beautiful prayer can help an engaged couple get into the habit of praying together before their wedding day, as they ask for God's assistance to help them build their lives together and to welcome children into their marriage. As the prayer notes, it is through the family that God’s Kingdom is established “on earth as it is in Heaven.”

Lord Jesus, to teach us to love one another, You became one of us, taking as a tabernacle the body of Mary. You said: "Be one in each other, even as I and the Father are one."

You have desired that [name] and I should live in You as with a single life, like two branches of a single vine, which Your providence has entwined. Let our love pass through You, that it may realize a perfect union, not only of our hearts but also of our souls, and that, growing from day to day, it may likewise increase our life in You.

Help us to bring to our home enough beauty, health, thrift, strength, purity, and ideals, to make it a model of the new world we wish to build with You, and to give You priests, perhaps, but certainly apostles.

With all this, let us never forget that it is through us that Your kingdom must be established--in factories, offices, shops, in all the places we frequent, in our streets and houses . . . on earth as in heaven.

Have pity on all those youths and maidens whose hearts are wounded and whose dreams are broken. Guard the promises which have been made according to Your Spirit. And may Your blessing soon give us to each other forever. Amen.