On Saturday 9 October, couples celebrating milestone anniversaries came to St Chad’s Cathedral for the Thanksgiving Mass for Marriage. Several others joined via the St Chad’s Cathedral live stream from as far as New Zealand.
The Mass, celebrated by Bishop David Evans, featured a renewal of commitment for the couples:
Blessed are you, Lord, for by your goodness I took N. as my wife.
Blessed are you, Lord, for by your goodness I took N. as my husband.
The couples say together: Blessed are you, Lord, for in the good and the bad times of
our life you have stood lovingly by our side. Help us, we pray, to remain faithful
in our love for one another, so that we may be true witnesses to the covenant you
have made with humankind.
Couples celebrating milestone anniversaries, from their 1st and every five years up to 60 years, as well as every married year over 60, were listed in the commemorative Mass booklet.