On Sunday February 9th, 2014, we will celebrate the World Marriage Day. The idea of celebrating a special day for marriage began in Baton Rouge, La., in 1981, when couples encouraged the mayor, the governor and the Bishop to proclaim St. Valentines Day as "We Believe in Marriage Day". The event was so successful that the idea was presented to and adopted by Worldwide Marriage Encounter’s national leadership. By 1982, 43 governors officially proclaimed the day and celebrations spread to U.S. military bases in several foreign countries. In 1983 the name was changed to "World Marriage Day", designated to be celebrated each year on the second Sunday in February. In 1993, his Holiness, Pope John Paul II imparted his Apostolic Blessings on World Marriage Day. WMD celebrations continue to grow and spread to more countries and faith expressions every year. Continue reading World Marriage Day
Today, on the second Sunday of February, we celebrate the World Marriage Day. That special Day honors the Sacrament of Marriage; husband and wife united in Christ as the head of the family, the basic unit of society. It salutes the beauty of their faithfulness, sacrifice and joy in married life.
The World Marriage Day Symbol seen above speaks readily of the role and the values Marriage Encounter proclaims. Husband and wife are symbolically seen as two candle-like figures, reminding us that married love calls us to help enlighten the world. The couple is joined by a heart, focusing on love as the power that comes from God and fosters unity within the couple generating the capacity to be life-giving and inspire others to fruitfulness.