When CelebratedThe second sunday in February each year is World Marriage Day.
The National World Marriage Day brochure says that "by 1982, 43 Governors officially proclaimed the day and celebrations spread to U.S. military bases in several foreign countries."
ThemeThe permanent theme adopted for the day is "Love One Another". Loving one another is a daily decision, simple but challenging.
SymbolThe symbol for World Marriage Day is two candle-like figures joined by a heart. The hope is that couples will be reminded of their calling as married couples to enlighten the world by being life-giving to one another.
World Marriage Day Prayer"Father, as we prepare for World Marriage Day, we thank you for your tremendous gift of the sacrament of Matrimony. Help us to witness to its glory by a life of growing intimacy. Teach us the beauty of forgiveness so we may become more and more one in heart, mind and body. Strengthen our dialogue and help us become living signs of your love. Make us grow in love with our church so we may renew the Body of Christ. Make us a sign of unity in the name of Jesus, Our Lord and brother. Amen" - Fr. Bill Dilgen, S.M.M.
Apostolic Blessing"In 1993, his Holiness, Pope John Paul II, imparted his Apostolic Blessings on World Marriage Day. World Marriage Day celebrations continue to grow and spread to more countries and faith expressions every year."