The Catholic Church across Yorkshire's historic West Riding since 1878

The Catholic Church across Yorkshire's historic West Riding since 1878

Mass at Leeds Cathedral to Celebrate Married Life

On Saturday 18 May 2024, Leeds Cathedral hosted thirty-six couples, all celebrating special wedding anniversaries this year, in a Mass for the Celebration of Married Life, presided over by Bishop Marcus. Anne Cooke attended the Mass and has sent her impressions to communications@dioceseofleeds.org.uk …:

There were six couples celebrating their Diamond (60th) Anniversary, fourteen Golden (50th) Anniversaries, eight couples experiencing the joy of forty (Ruby) years married, one couple with the achievement of thirty (Pearl) years together and seven Silver (25th) Weddings.

Cumulatively the couples have lived through 1585 years of married life!

The couples had the opportunity to renew their marriage vows in a moving moment where the proud bridegrooms looked ready to burst with love as they gazed at their brides, who blushed becomingly in response. It was a beautiful moment for the couples themselves and for their families and friends in the congregation to witness and share in.

In his homily, Bishop Marcus likened a strong and fruitful marriage to a healthy and nurtured vine. He described how, for a vine to bear much fruit, it must establish strong deep roots. He encouraged the married couples that allowing Jesus Christ, the True Vine, to be at the centre of their lives together nourishes those deep roots and they become firmly established, with much resultant fruit. The Bishop thanked those present for the living witness given by their marriages: in sickness and health, for richer for poorer, for better for worse until death do them part.

Eleven couples who will soon celebrate their weddings and have just completed their marriage preparation courses also attended the celebration in order to be inspired and encouraged by those who have successfully persevered through so many years of marriage. They also received a blessing from Bishop Marcus as they prepare to embark on married life.

All photographs from the event are available at Mass for Married Couples – Diocese of Leeds Photographs (patricksicephotography.co.uk).

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