PREPARATION FOR MARRIAGE (boy)

I). Preparation of self (boy)

BLESSED BE YOUR PURITY 

Blessed be your purity

May it be blessed forever

For no less than God takes delight,

In such exalted beauty

To you, heavenly princess

Holy Virgin Mary; I offer on this day my whole heart, life and soul

Look upon me with compassion

Do not leave me, my Mother.

CONSECRATION                       

 Mary, my Queen, my Mother

I consecrate to you my eyes, my ears, my mouth and my entire self.

O Mother because I am your own

Keep me and defend me as your own property and possession. Amen.

 

Lord our God, you are the one Lord. May we love you with all our heart, with all our soul, with all our mind, with all our strength. And may we love our neighbor as you have loved us.

 

II). Preparing her

Mother, please send me the girl destined for me from all eternity; a girl who loves God above all things. May she be good and pure, beautiful and rich[1]. May I not take her out of any lustful motive but in singleness of heart. Prepare her then good Mother and fashion her after your own heart. May she give me many God-fearing, intelligent, gifted, beautiful and handsome children who will be like brothers and sisters to us.

Pray for us to God so that He may be kind enough to have pity on her and me and bring us to old age together[2].

Let the Archangel Raphael take this prayer to you.

St. Joseph, pray for us.

St. Raphael, pray for us.

II). Loving God’s Will – Detachment

‘Lord, I want a wife only if it pleases you, because, if not, I am not the slightest bit interested!’[3]

 

[1] cf. St. Josemaría Escrivá, The Way, 360

[2] cf. Tb 8:7 (RSVCE)

[3] cf. St. Josemaría Escrivá, Friends of God, 114 (Quoted in In  CONVERSATIONS with God by Francis Fernandez 2/16.3, Scepter)