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Annual Marriage Mass

Bishop Christopher Coyne and the 44 couples recognized at a special Mass Feb. 5. Bishop Christopher Coyne and the 44 couples recognized at a special Mass Feb. 5.
Forty-four couples, celebrating 1,836 years of marriage, gathered Feb. 5 at St. Joseph Co-Cathedral in Burlington for a special Mass celebrated by Burlington Bishop Christopher J. Coyne.
 
Sponsored by Worldwide Marriage Encounter in Vermont and the Diocese of Burlington’s Office of Marriage and Family Life, the Mass uplifted the Sacrament of Marriage.
 
“Marital love makes present to the world God Himself since God is love,” Bishop Coyne said in his homily.
 
Punctuated with humorous anecdotes of marriage and family life, the homily emphasized qualities of marriage like faithfulness, forgiveness, patience and the creation of families.
 
“Marriage is certainly a way in which light breaks into the world,” the bishop said. “Marriage is not a silo that stands separate from the rest of life and the rest of culture and the rest of creation. It stands in the midst of all of creation and is that salt that gives a particular flavor of God to the world. It is intended to illuminate and strengthen the rest of creation.”
 
Phil Lawson, director of evangelization and catechesis for the Diocese of Burlington, commented after the Mass, "The joy of the family is the joy of the Church as Pope Francis reminds us. I always look forward to this annual event as it is a witness to the joy-filled hope of what is possible in Christian marriage. Thank you to all of these couples for being such beautiful witnesses."
 
Couples from throughout the diocese celebrating significant anniversaries were invited to the Mass and were recognized by Bishop Coyne.
 
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