The Church of England issues a guide for a blessing on the royal couple
As a worldwide audience of billions gathers to watch and offer their blessings as Prince William and Kate Middleton say their vows on April 29, the Church of England – which the groom will one day head – has penned some thoughts for the couple.
The words are meant to serve as a guide for possible use in public prayer, groups or in private.
“It simply reflects the views of any couple getting married and it is asking God’s help in the vows that they are taking,” Steve Jenkins, a Church of England spokesman tells PEOPLE of the prayer, which goes as follows:
God of all grace,
friend and companion,
look in favor on William and Catherine
and all who are made one in marriage.
In your love deepen their love
and strengthen their wills
to keep the promises they will make,
that they may continue
in life-long faithfulness to each other;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
For the past decade, the church has regularly issued what it calls “topical prayers,” among them those at the death of the Queen Mother, in 2002, and another for the 2007 10th anniversary of the death of William’s mother Diana, Princess of Wales.