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[Prayer] on Becoming Engaged, by Lilian Helen Montagu (1895)


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On becoming engaged.
Almighty God,—
I have this day promised my hand in marriage,
and I now ask Thee to bless my act.
The parents whom Thou hast appointed to guide my life,
and who have bestowed on me, every day,
blessings and kindnesses without number,
have given their sanction to our union.
My God,
it is not hastily
that I have decided
to take this step.
I have had ample opportunity
to judge the character
and temperament of him
to whom I am betrothed.
I am confident
that with Thy blessing
we shall be able to lead a life
free from degrading dependence.
I have examined my heart
and am sure that I love with all my soul,
and thoroughly trust him
to whom I am about to plight my troth.[1] Meaning, to bind oneself to another person in marriage. 
I know that married life
is full of cares and responsibilities
unknown to girlhood.
I have resolved
to try always to do my duty
in my new home,
to be true wife,
and friend.
O God in heaven,
strengthen my resolutions
and let me not be afraid.
Increase my faith in Thee.
Make me conscious
of Thy never-failing love,
so that I may never be filled
with shame and despair,
that in all my trials and difficulties
I may raise my eyes to Thee,
my Rock and my Redeemer.
A virtuous woman
is a crown to her husband. (Proverbs 12:4)

“On Becoming Engaged” was written by Lilian Helen Montagu and published in Prayers for Jewish Working Girls (1895), pp. 30-31.





1Meaning, to bind oneself to another person in marriage.



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