"Prayer before sex" guide comes to Australia


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A Prayer Book For Spouses that was first published by the Catholic Truth Society in Britain with a "prayer before making love" is now available in Australia.

Other prayers in the 64 page book are for raising children and caring for sick or dying relatives, the Brisbane Times quotes from a Sydney Morning Herald report.

The prayer before sex asks the Holy Spirit to "place within us love that truly gives, tenderness that truly unites... (and) loving physical union that welcomes" before asking to "clothe us in true dignity and take to yourself our shared aspirations, for your glory, forever and ever. Mary, our mother, intercede for us. Amen."

Chris Meney, director of the Life, Marriage and Family Centre for the Archdiocese of Sydney, said the prayer had scriptural precedent.

The figure of Tobit in The Bible was worried about marrying Sarah, whose first seven husbands were killed by a demon of lust before the relationships could be consumated. "He is very apprehensive about marrying this woman," Mr Meney was quoted saying. "They pray that they will grow old together and then they consummate the marriage."

Mr Meney said the prayer had attracted much interest.

"It's not uncommon in Catholic thinking for people to be putting God at the centre of their marriage," he said. "It's a way of recognising that really, from a Christian perspective, there are three people in the marriage."

St Paul's Publishing, which is handling the distribution of the book, had sold 35 copies at $6.95 each as of a week ago, the report said.