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Mass for Marriage Jubilarians celebrates 7,250 years

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Bishop Michael F. Burbidge celebrated the annual Mass for Marriage Jubilarians Oct. 17 at the Cathedral of St. Thomas More in Arlington. Couples from around the diocese celebrating their silver (25 years) and golden (50 years) wedding anniversaries were encouraged to attend.

Around 178 couples participated, including 92 couples celebrating their silver wedding anniversary, totaling 2,300 years of marriage, and 99 couples celebrating their golden wedding anniversary, totaling 4,950 years of marriage. A total of 7,250 years of marriage were celebrated.

“Walking down the aisle I had chills, just looking and saying, ‘look at this example of faithful married love, what an incredible witness and what a joy for us to lift up that beautiful vocation of marriage and of course family life,” said Bishop Burbidge about the Mass on “The Walk Humbly Podcast.”

Among the attendees were David and Patricia Hull, celebrating their golden anniversary, and their daughter and son-in-law Tricia and Jay Quander, celebrating their silver. The couples are relatives of Father Gregory Thompson, in residence at St. James Church in Falls Church. Two other sets of couples also were related.

Sid and Missy Jaffe, the parents of Father J.D. Jaffe, pastor of Christ the Redeemer Church in Sterling, celebrated their golden anniversary.

The first Mass for Marriage Jubilarians was celebrated by Bishop Thomas J. Welsh at the cathedral Sept. 24, 1978. The Mass celebrated 5 golden jubilarians and 48 silver jubilarians.

© Arlington Catholic Herald 2021