Cardinal Archbishop of Westminster

Cardinal to celebrate Annual Mass for Marriage

The ‘quiet’ homily of marriage is one that truly shouts out loud.

On Saturday 8th June at 3pm Cardinal Vincent will celebrate the Annual Mass of Thanksgiving for couples marking significant wedding anniversaries at Westminster Cathedral. This year we are welcoming over 600 couples from different parts of the diocese to share their joy with us. These couples are celebrating significant anniversaries from five years to 71 years. Over a quarter of the couples will be celebrating 50+ years of marriage.

Each couple in their different ways is a quiet and unassuming expression, a living homily, to their families, friends and society of the ‘Good News’ of marriage. This Good News is newsworthy as their commitment in marriage is much more than words, it is a way of living.

As the Cardinal explains in his introduction, this Mass ‘is an opportunity to reflect on your marriage and to rekindle the joys of your wedding day and life together. It is a time to remember and celebrate what the Lord has done for you in your marriage.’

There are two key moments in this day. The first is when the couples renew their marriage vows before God and reconnect to their first ‘I do’. What is the ‘quiet’ homily of their lived marriages suddenly becomes a united ‘Yes’, or more accurately a resounding ‘We are in love’.

The second moment is more intimate and personal as Cardinal Nichol’s joins them on the piazza, talking to each couple, hearing their stories and sharing in the sorrows and joys. 

Please keep these and all married couples in your prayers.

Latest news
  • Parishioners at Our Lady of Lebanon Church in London (Mazur/CBCEW.org.uk)Cardinal prays for people of Beirut

    Following the devastating industrial blast in Beirut on Tuesday 4 'I watched with deepening horror the unfolding news of the dreadful industrial explosion in the centre of your beloved Beirut. The widespread devastation it has caused has brough...

    more
  • Cardinal welcomes announcement on resuming collective worship

    Cardinal Vincent welcomed the Prime Minister's announcement on 23 'As Catholics we now look forward to being able to celebrate Mass together again from 4 'It is important that we continue to abide by the guidance, given by the Government, on app...

    more
  • Cardinal and Archbishop Welby pray together on first day of church opening

    On Monday 15th June, to mark the reopening of churches for individual prayer, Cardinal Vincent Nichols and Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby prayed together in Westminster Cathedral and Abbey to mark this 'moment of grace,' as the Cardinal sai...

    more