Celebrate World Marriage Day on Feb. 19 at the cathedral in Syracuse

World Marriage Day will be celebrated with a Mass at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 19, in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Syracuse.

Bishop Douglas Lucia will offer the Mass and homily. All married couples are welcome, and a special blessing will be given.

World Marriage Day officially began in 1983 in the United States, according to

Popularized by the Catholic Church, the purpose of World Marriage Day is to emphasize the beauty of marriage and to honor husbands and wives for their faithfulness and sacrifices.

World Marriage Day highlights the promise of a marital union and the beauty of being a lawfully wedded couple under the eyes of Christ.

It was brought into order by the Worldwide Marriage Encounter, an initiative that aims to improve the married life of struggling couples.

World Marriage Day honors the sacrifices and faithfulness of husbands and wives. Catholic couples celebrate the day by attending the Sunday mass and recommitting themselves to the values of the institution of marriage.