Portland, Ore., Feb 5, 2018 / 14:53 pm
On Saturday, Archbishop Alexander Sample of Portland, Oregon celebrated a Mass for marriage, after calling for new marriage initiatives in his archdiocese last fall.
"…Marriage is a bond, it's the covenant, it's the union between a man and a woman. It should be built upon a strong foundation of faith, rooted in prayer," Archbishop Sample said in his homily on Feb. 3 at St. Mary Cathedral in Portland, according to the Catholic Sentinel.
He asked the couples gathered, "How many married couples pray together?" saying "prayer is so important, especially in the difficult times," and is the foundation for a strong marriage.
The Portland archbishop blessed the couples that were gathered at the Mass and also noted that their marriages were giving him strength and hope for the future.