The Most Reverend Malcolm McMahon OP, Archbishop of Liverpool, will be the celebrant at the annual Mass to celebrate Marriage and Family Life in the Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King at 11am on Sunday 8 February.
The Mass will give thanks to God for the gift of family and all are welcome to attend whether married, single, divorced, separated or bereaved.
Archbishop Malcolm said: “Today we celebrate the Sacrament of Matrimony in the lives of so many couples in the Archdiocese while remembering that Christ is at the heart of their relationship. It is His presence that enables fidelity to the marriage vows at times of difficulty as well as those of joy. It is to Christ that we aspire through the mutual love enjoyed in Christian marriage.”
The Mass will include the passing on of family Bibles which were entrusted to three families at last year’s celebration. Kenny and Carolyn Lawler, who were married in 2013, will hand on their Bible to Mary Waine and her family. Mary celebrated her golden wedding just before Christmas.
Deacon Paul and Mary Collins, who will have been married for 60 years this year, will hand their Bible to Daniel and Dawn Rooke who were married in September 2014. Irene Kennedy, who is a widow, will hand on her Bible to the family of Ian Pilkington and fiancé Linda Hodson.
Incense bowls will be carried to the altar as the prayers of intercession are read. These will include prayers for marriage and family life; for those preparing for marriage and those newly married; for those experiencing difficulties in their relationships and for the widowed, the divorced, the separated and the bereaved; for families struggling with the problems of our time – unemployment, money worries, time pressures and addictive behaviours – and for those who are committed to loving relationships within extended families and all who live in community.
The gifts at the offertory procession will be brought forward by Jim and Sheila Moonan who celebrated their Golden Wedding anniversary last year and Leanna Street and Peter Marsh who are to marry in the Cathedral this year.
Following a special Blessing for Families given by Archbishop Malcolm each family will receive a prayer card celebrating marriage and family life as they leave the Cathedral. After the Mass, refreshments will be served in the Gibberd Room of the Cathedral.
The Mass in celebration of Marriage and Family Life begins at 11am this coming Sunday, 8 February, in the Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King and is open to all.