The marriage covenant, by which a man and a woman form with each other an intimate communion of life and love, has been founded and endowed with its own special laws by the Creator. By its very nature it is ordered to the good of the couple, as well as to the generation and education of children. Christ the Lord raised marriage between the baptized to the dignity of a sacrament.
God of mercy and of the holy covenant,
You created every human being, male and female,
in your image and likeness,
so that they may be fruitful and multiply on earth.
n the beginning of our Christian era,
You asked Joseph, illustrious descendant of David,
to take the Blessed Virgin Mary as his wife
and to form a family for Jesus, your Son, our Redeemer.
Through the difficulties and trials
You guided St. Joseph,
You made him protector of the Holy Family,
and allowed the church to recognize him
as an attentive protector of all Christian Families.
During the stressful time in which we live,
we ask you to safeguard marriage according to your will,
and we appeal for the intercession and protection
of St. Joseph, Your obedient servant,
so that Canadian families of today
will be strengthened in love,
and continue to live securely in the sacramental state of marriage.