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For Husband and Wife
An Indulgenced Prayer to the Sacred Heart of Jesus

O most Sacred Heart of Jesus, King and center of all hearts,
dwell in our hearts and be our King; grant us by Your
grace to love each other truly and chastely,
even as You have loved Your spotless Bride,
the Church, and have given Yourself up for her.

Bestow upon us that mutual love and Christian
forbearance which are so highly acceptable in
Your sight, and a mutual patience in bearing each
other’s defects; for we are certain that no
living creature is free from them.
Do not permit even the slightest defect to mar
that full and gentle harmony of spirit, the foundation
of the mutual assistance in the many and varied
hardships of life, that is the end for which woman
was created and united inseparably to her husband.

O Lord God, grant that between us there may
reign a perpetual holy rivalry toward life
perfectly Christian, by virtue of which there
may shine forth more and more clearly the
divine image of Your mystic union with Your Holy Church,
as you have deigned to imprint it upon us on the
auspicious day of being made one.

Grant, we beseech You, that our good example of
Christian living may serve as a powerful inspiration
to our children to conform their own lives in
Your holy law; and finally, after this exile may
we ascend into heaven, where by the help of
Your grace, for which we earnestly pray,
we may merit to be joined with our children
forever and praise and bless You through everlasting ages. Amen.

(300 days’ indulgences, S. Paen. Ap.,
11 Dec 1923 ; 25 Nov 1936 )

Father Francis Filas, S. J.; The Family for Families ,
The Neumann Press, Long
Prairie , Minnesota , 56347

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