Sunday, February 2, 2014

Blessing of Marriages and Fellowship Fun at Church

Today at church was the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord.  It was also the mass where all marriages are blessed.  I love this tradition more and more every year.  Father asks all married couples to stand and has us sit down as he progressively asks who has been married for longer than 5 years, 10 years, 20 years, etc... until only a few couples are standing.  The couple at mass that had been married the longest, had been married for 60 years!  This couple was presented a beautiful bouquet of flowers and applauded for their testament to the sacrament of marriage.  This tradition is particularly special to me because I remember being on our honeymoon and participating in this same tradition in a little church in Hanalei.  We were recognized as the most newly married couple and then joined by the most senior married couple, blessed, and given beautiful plumeria leis.  Today however, Chris and I were able to renew our wedding vows which we have not done in almost 14 years!  I am so glad Father had all the married couples do this.  My sweet children didn't understand why I was crying when it was my turn to do this but it was very powerful to make those promises again to love and honor in sickness and in health.  And yes, the pregnancy hormones probably had something to do with the tears but I'm very grateful our children were with us to witness those vows and hopefully they will know and understand one day that they are the result of their Mom and Dad's love for one another.

It was also Fellowship Sunday which means donuts after mass which makes my children extremely happy.  I didn't quite understand why the photo fun area was set up and what it was for... but our kids were really excited to put on the fun hats and have their silly picture taken.  Even David smiled!

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