PREPARATION FOR MARRIAGE (girl)

I). Preparation of self

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 him

St. Joseph, my father and lord, please send me the boy destined for me from all eternity. May he be good and pure, handsome and rich[1]. May I not take him and him me out of any lustful motive but in singleness of heart. Prepare him then good Father and fashion him after your own heart.

May we have 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 him and me and bring us to old age together[2].

Let the Archangel Raphael take this prayer to you.

Holy Mary, pray for us.

St. Raphael, pray for us.

II). Loving God’s Will – Detachment

‘Lord, I want a husband 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)