February 10, 2015  |  By:   |  Press Releases  |  

More than 100 couples—celebrating 25, 50, or 75 years of matrimony—renewed their wedding vows today, February 8, the Sunday before Valentine’s Day, at the World Marriage Day Masses at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, 555 W. Temple St., in downtown Los Angeles.


Archbishop José H. Gomez celebrated the renewal of marriage vows at the 10 a.m. Mass in English and at the 12:30 p.m. Mass in Spanish.

“Our World Marriage Day celebration is special this year because we are getting ready for Pope Francis to visit Philadelphia in September for the World Meeting of Families, and then, in October, the pope will host the Synod of Bishops on the Family,” said Archbishop Gomez. “Our Holy Father wants us to remember that the Sacrament of Marriage is at the center of God’s plan for the world and our Church.”


Mr. and Mrs. Edward and Norma Pozo, the longest married couple in attendance among all of the couples at both Masses, celebrated their 68th wedding anniversary and said that the secret to a long marriage is “patience, respect and love.”   Mr. and Mrs. Antonio and Alicia Cortez, celebrating 63 years of marriage, explained that their long-lasting marriage is rooted in their faith.  “We always pray the rosary together and always have Christ at the center of our hearts,” said Mr. Cortez.


World Marriage Day, celebrated the second Sunday of February, honors the beauty of loyalty, sacrifice and joy in daily married life of couples. World Marriage Day, now in its 40th consecutive year, received the Apostolic Blessing of Pope John Paul II in 1993.


Media Note (Video provided by the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels):
For video footage of the renewal of wedding vows and a blessing of the couples by Archbishop Gomez during the 10 a.m. Mass in English, visit:–5Vnh6-o
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