I freely admit that I am sappy. I spent my time today sharing in the happiness of the Royal Wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton. I was so pleased to be watching an event that brought joy, in the midst of the many tragedies that have been on the world stage lately.
It was also thirty years ago, when I was just older than my daughter is now, that I watched Charles and Diana’s wedding with my sweet British Grandmother who was so patriotic that it left me with a deep love for England and the Monarchy.
Also, I was invited – 😉
The thing that surprised me about the day, however, was the actual wedding ceremony. I was so edified by the beauty of the traditional Anglican ceremony, the hymns, readings, prayers, and the Bishop of London’s Sermon. I truly felt that the wedding was a testimony of the importance of Marriage and the sacredness of that Union in the eyes of God given to the entire world.
I know that the depth of the ceremony will not be replayed on the news stations, it was far too religious. 😉 And I highly recommend watching it if you have the time!
For today, I will give you part of the text from the Sermon of the bishop of London. I set in bold some of the thoughts that were particularly beautiful to me –
“Be who God meant you to be and you will set the world on fire.” So said St Catherine of Siena whose festival day it is today. Marriage is intended to be a way in which man and woman help each other to become what God meant each one to be, their deepest and truest selves.
Many are full of fear for the future of the prospects of our world but the message of the celebrations in this country and far beyond its shores is the right one – this is a joyful day! It is good that people in every continent are able to share in these celebrations because this is, as every wedding day should be, a day of hope.
In a sense every wedding is a royal wedding with the bride and the groom as king and queen of creation, making a new life together so that life can flow through them into the future.
William and Catherine, you have chosen to be married in the sight of a generous God who so loved the world that he gave himself to us in the person of Jesus Christ.
And in the Spirit of this generous God, husband and wife are to give themselves to each another.
A spiritual life grows as love finds its centre beyond ourselves. Faithful and committed relationships offer a door into the mystery of spiritual life in which we discover this; the more we give of self, the richer we become in soul; the more we go beyond ourselves in love, the more we become our true selves and our spiritual beauty is more fully revealed. In marriage we are seeking to bring one another into fuller life.
It was a very lovely, very spiritual, and edifying ceremony. It makes me desire to love my husband more deeply and work on the communication and unity of our marriage with more dedication.