Tobias began by saying,‘Blessed are you, O God of our
ancestors, and blessed is your name in all generations forever.
Let the heavens and the whole creation bless you forever.
You made Adam, and for him you made his wife Eve as a
helper and support.
From the two of them the human race has sprung.You said,
“It is not good that the man should be alone; let us make a
helper for him like himself.” I now am taking this kinswoman
of mine,not because of lust,but with sincerity.
Grant that she and I may find mercy and that we may grow
old together.’ And they both said, ‘Amen, Amen.’
A reading from the book of Tobit.