29 February 2012
A new prayer to help people pray for those getting engaged to be
married has been released by the Church of England, to acknowledge
the fact that many people, women in particular, choose to propose
on 29th February. It is one of a selection of prayers appearing in
the new book Pocket Prayers of Blessing,
compiled by the Ven Jan McFarlane, Archdeacon of Norwich.
The prayer reads:
On hearing of an engagement
God of love, please bless N and N
as they prepare for the commitment of marriage.
May the plans for the wedding not overtake
the more important preparation
for their lifetime together.
Please bless their family and friends
as they prepare for this special day
and may your blessing be upon them now and always.
It is available online on the
Topical Prayers website page.
Jan McFarlane said: "This is a popular time of year to propose,
and holding a newly engaged couple before God in prayer is just
about the best possible start they could have to their future
together. My hope is that this new pocket book will help us to
bring God's blessing into every situation, and will help us to
remember that through good times - and bad - God is always there
Other prayers in Pocket Prayers of
Blessing provide support during the daily routine
(such as before a meal or sleeping), in times of trouble (including
'when weary', and 'for one suffering from depression') when marking
milestones in life (a new-born baby, before an exam), and when
giving praise to God.
Published by Church House Publishing, Pocket Prayers
of Blessing by Jan McFarlane is available in
paperback (ISBN 978 0 7151 4239 4, £6.99) direct from Church House Publishing or from bookshops. It
is also available as Kindle e-book.