More than 1000 years of married life represented at Marriage Masses

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More than 1000 years of married life represented at Marriage Masses

The importance of marriage was the focus of two very special Masses held in Hobart and Launceston.

A Marriage Mass and Renewal of Vows was celebrated by Archbishop Julian at Hobart’s St Mary’s Cathedral and the Church of the Apostles in Launceston, to thank God for the gift of marriage and to honour married couples.

The Masses were attended by 25 couples, some newly-weds and most who had been married for at least 40 years.

Each couple received a pair of wooden palm crosses, handmade by Christians in the Middle East, as a reminder of their special day.

The Hobart Mass was held on the weekend of St Valentine’s Day and World Marriage Sunday, dedicated by the Catholic Church to celebrate the beauty of marriage.

Office of Life, Marriage and Family Director Dr Brigid McKenna said the Masses were a strong public sign and celebration of the importance of marriage.

“The couples really welcomed the opportunity to express their love for their spouses by publicly restating the promises they made on their wedding day,” Dr McKenna said.

“It was moving to watch the older couples, still very much in love, and full of gratitude for each other and God’s grace.”

Archbishop Julian said the Masses reaffirmed the importance and possibilities of marriage.

“Today we celebrate the dignity and beauty of marriage,” he said.

“Marriage is God’s plan for human life [and] like all things that God created, it is good.”