Saturday 16th February 2019 – Engaged Couples Event –
I wish to make contact with any engaged couples in your parish whom you know and are under instruction preparing for marriage in church in 2019 – either in your church, in another parish or abroad. As I did last year, I would like to invite them to a special Engaged Couples Breakfast and blessing here at the Cathedral on Saturday 16th February 2019, beginning at 9.15 am and finishing at 11.45 am. After breakfast and a chance to meet them, I will ask one of our newly-married couples from last year to tell us about their experience in hopefully an entertaining yet informative way. We’ll then go into the Cathedral for a short Service of Blessing, in which each couple will be blessed, individually and also their engagement rings. Everyone is welcome – as long as they are engaged! Please would you distribute this letter (attached) to appropriate couples. As you’ll see from the letter, there is a return slip for them to complete and send directly to Kirsten here at Bishop’s Office. In advance, thank you very much for your help and cooperation with this.
O God, Creator of all things, who in the beginning made man and woman that they might form the marriage bond, bless and strengthen the union of your servants, that they may show forth an ever more perfect image of the union of Christ with his Church. Through our Lord Jesus your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.