Friday, July 19, 2013
There is Only One Love, For There is Only One God
On this day, we pray to Thee, O Christ the Divine Bridegroom, that the couples that Thou dost call to the Mystery of Crowning might become Icons of Thy Holy Union with Thy Bride, the Church. That every bridegroom might stand up manfully and be a protector and provider over his bride, taking the responsibility of leading her to heaven. That every bride might stand as a lady by her bridegroom, as his helper and support under him, offering to God the sacrifice of obedience to her bridegroom to get him to heaven. That they will give everything of themselves to each other, even their very bodies, to bring each other to Heaven and comfort each other in the turbulent sea of this life. We pray that Thou, O Immortal King, will raise up Godly couples to shatter the false idols of lust in the world today, those diverse and countless false notions of "love", and raise up on high Divine Love, the Divine Love who dost appear as Unquenchable and All-Conquering Fire, the Giver of Life who creates new life in the same union of such couples unto His own glory, the Divine Love in which they offer themselves for each other, the Divine Love in which Thou didst offer Thyself on the Holy and Life-giving Cross for Thy Bride, the Divine Love with which Thou wast anointed O Christ, to be worshiped and adored with Thee and the Father as One Holy, Consubstantial, Life-creating, and Undivided Trinity, always, now and forever and unto the ages of ages. Amen.