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The formal blessing of the newlywed couple, given at Mass after the Lord's Prayer. The priest gives the blessing with extended hands and prays for husband and wife that they may love one another, be faithful to each other, witness to others by their Christian virtue, and be blessed with children to whom they will be good parents. The nuptial blessing may also be given outside of Mass and in mixed marriages, even when the other party is not baptized; but then the wording changes.