O God, in the beginning You brought together man and woman in holy marriage that they might share Your work of creation and bring enriching life to one another.
We commend to Your constant care the homes where Your people dwell.
Knit together in growing affection those who have been made one flesh so that their love may never fail.
Turn the hearts of parents to their children and children to their parents.
Take away the roots of bitterness, vanity, and self-seeking that bring dissension where family peace should reign.
Inspire them, rather, with loyalty, faith, and sacrifice, that in all the changes and circumstances of life they may stand strongly together in mutual service and love.
We ask this through Jesus Christ, our Lord, Who grew within the family of Nazareth, Who loved the Church as His beloved spouse, and gave Himself up for her. Amen.