The day I donated blood was the day where the 1st Grand Marriage Vows Renewal Eucharistic Celebration was conducted. Only that it was held three hours after doing my 'noble duty'. In fact I planned to have my hair done in a saloon prior to this important event but because of the blood donation, I felt a bit giddy and decided to take a nap instead! So, you can see that my hair look lifeless...and for Jerome, he went to have his hair trimmed the day before! Good planning ...
There were more than 280 couples who renewed their marriage vows on that day. Those who have been married for 50 years and above were seated right in front followed with 40 years, 30 years, 20 years and below. For us, just 19 years of marriage were seated slightly at the back. Anyway, we had a good view in front of us! Everyone dressed beautifully, even their children! Right after the ceremony, each couple was given a prayer certificate, which goes like this:-

Heavenly Father,
We thank you for your tremendous gift of the
Sacrament of Holy Matrimony.
Enable us to grow in our intimacy with you and with each other.
Help us to share all our works, all our hopes, all our dreams,
our successes, our failures, our joys and our sorrows.
Teach us the beauty of forgiveness, so that we can become
more and more one in heart, mind and body.
Strengthen our communication with each other,
and help us become living signs of your love.
Help us to be examples of Commitment, Love and Service
to our families and children.
Make us the sign of the unity which Jesus prays for
at the Last Supper.
Help us to be open to the guidance of your Holy Spirit,
who empowers us to love in Jesus' name and
walk in His Footsteps.
We pray all these in the Name of Jesus,
our Lord and Saviour.


msLabadin said…
19 years!!!

Congratulations Nie!!!

Toasting you and Jerome *an Eternity of and for Each Other*
Anne L* said…
Thanks B. I pray that we'll celebrate more of our wedding anniv together...