PRAYER AT THE BEGINNING OF MAYILANCHI IDEEL
(After the bride is brought to the stage, all sing together the Marthomman song.)
മാർത്തോമ്മാൻ നന്മയാലൊന്നു തുടങ്ങുന്നു
ഉത്തമനായ മിശിഹാ തിരുവുള്ളം
ആലാഹാനായനും അൻപൻ മിശിഹായും
കൂടെ തുണയ്ക്ക ഇവർക്ക്.
Maarthommaan Song (Transliteration)
Maarthommaan nanmayaal-onnu thudangunnu
Uthamanaaya mishihaa thiru-vullam
Aalaahaanaayanum anpan mishihaayum
Koode thunaykka ivarkku.
ALL: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be thy name, Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day the bread we need / and forgive us our debts and sins / as we have forgiven those who offended us. Do not let us fall into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the kingdom, the power and the glory, forever and ever. Amen.
SER: Let us pray, peace be with us.
LEADER: Lord God, you created man in your image and likeness. Because it is not good for man to be alone, God, you created woman to be his partner and helper. By His own blood, our Lord Jesus Christ purified and consecrated humanity, which had been defiled by sin. O Lord Jesus, who has graced the Church with purity and holiness, and made her your bride, bestow blessing and sanctification upon our daughter, and endow her with inner beauty for her wedding. Eternal Lord, Amen.
READER: A reading from the first letter of St. Peter (3:1-6).
Likewise, you wives should be subordinate to your husbands so that, even if some disobey the word, they may be won over without a word by their wives’ conduct when they observe your reverent and chaste behavior. Your adornment should not be an external one: braiding the hair, wearing gold jewelry, or dressing in fine clothes, but rather the hidden character of the heart, expressed in the imperishable beauty of a gentle and calm disposition, which is precious in the sight of God. For this is also how the holy women who hoped in God once used to adorn themselves and were subordinate to their husbands; thus Sarah obeyed Abraham, calling him “lord.” You are her children when you do what is good and fear no intimidation.
ALL: Praise be to Christ, our Lord.
LEADER: Lord God, bless your daughter with the ability and maturity of being a loving wife and mother. May she seek to become a devoted wife like the Holy Mother, who gave herself completely, saying, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord.” Eternal Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit.
(The other ceremonies of Maylanchi Ideel / beatification of the bride shall continue).
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