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Patti wrote:

Hi, guys —

  • Is there a blessing that the Church can perform for an elderly couple who do not want to legally get married but wish to be together and still be in good standing with the Church?

This is a question that my uncle wants answered. He is 84 and she is 82.

Thank you.

Patti

  { Is there a Church blessing for an elderly couple who do not want to legally get married but ... ? }

Mike replied:

Hi, Patti —

You said:
Is there a blessing that the Church can perform for an elderly couple who do not want to legally get married but wish to be together and still be in good standing with the Church?

If by "wish to be together", you are talking about a non-platonic relationship where the two of you are living together in the same physical location there would be no blessing because you are living outside of the sacrament of marriage.

Even if you have a platonic relationship where there is no cohabitation or dating involved, but are just a good friends, the Church really doesn't have an official blessing other then the one you and your friend receive through the sacraments of the Church.

In my opinion, age is not a factor in your question. Look at Abraham: he was 99 when he had a son, Isaac, with Sarah, who was 90 : ) (Read Genesis, Chapters 17 to 21.)

The faithful are called to serve the Church either as a single person or married couple. There are blessings or prayers for both these vocations but not for the relationship you are referring to.

Nevertheless, I'm glad your uncle has a good friend he can rely on for friendship. Being single myself, one can get lonely and it's nice to have a female friend to talk to.

Hope this helps,

Mike

Patti replied:

Hi, Mike —

Yes it does.

Thank you so much!

Patti

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