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Compassion, kindness and only then love

10:22 AM  Jun 11th, 2017
by Cari Zahn '18

Couples filled the Immaculate Conception Chapel on Saturday, June 10, for a ceremonial blessing and renewal of marriage vows as a part of Reunion Weekend 2017.

The ceremony opened with song, followed by a blessing given by Father Jim Fitz, S.M. A reading on marriage as a covenant followed and Fitz gave a homily, in which he reminded the couples of the important qualities of a relationship: heartfelt compassion, kindness, humility, patience, forgiveness and, only then, love.

The couples were then asked to stand if they had been married for 25 years or longer. As the number of years increased, everyone in the chapel was sitting except for three couples who have been married for 50 years or longer. They were celebrated with a round of applause.

When it was time for the renewal of vows, Fitz asked the men to hold the ring they once gave to their brides and state, “Remember that this ring is a sign of my love and fidelity.”

After saying the sign of the cross, the wives did the same for their husbands. The couples exchanged signs of affection with hugs, kisses and a round of “I love you.” After the renewal, everyone shared in a sign of peace, and the ceremony came to a close.

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