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More Than 100 Couples Across Brooklyn and Queens Renew Their Vows at Diocesan Wedding Anniversary Mass

The Tablet Staff

REGO PARK —Bishop Robert Brennan was the main celebrant at a special Mass celebrating married couples this past Saturday, Sept. 24, at Resurrection Ascension Church in Rego Park.

It was the first Mass of its kind to be held in person in two years, with over 110 couples in attendance.

Bishop Robert Brennan told the couples in attendance, “In today’s world, you living faithful, authentic marriages are indeed missionaries in this world.” (Photo: Christian Rada)

In leading the couples in the renewing of their vows, Bishop Brennan reminded them that each day can be seen as an opportunity to celebrate their union.

“You renew those marriage vows every time one of you puts the other before themselves. You renew your marriage vows with each act of generosity,” Bishop Brennan said. “You renew your marriage vows with every sacrifice you make, whether it be the personal sacrifice that you make or the sacrifices that you make together as a couple.”

The Mass saw over 30 centuries of marriage represented, with couples celebrating milestone anniversaries of 25, 40, 50 or more years.

Christian Rada, Director of Marriage, Family Formation and Respect Life Education for the Diocese of Brooklyn, told Bishop Brennan and the couples in attendance, “Before you in this congregation you have a total of 3,630 sacramental years of marriage.” 

And as the renewing of the vows concluded, there was only one appropriate way for Bishop Brennan to send them off. 

“I invite the husbands please, to kiss your wives,” he said.