Unless you’re living under a rock, you’ll know that today was the long awaited wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton. What a wedding it was! (Yes, I watched the whole thing on tv, ha!ha! which was not something I had planned on doing!)
This pic of one of the 2 kisses on the balcony of Buckingham Palace was taken from CNN.com.
The nay-sayers or “haters” would say that there are more important things going on in the world and “who cares” about such things but the fact that hundreds of millions were watching across the globe shows that this attitude makes up only a small minority.
For me, the admiration of this wedding goes far beyond “what the bride was wearing” or “what was on the menu at the reception”. I was encouraged and delighted by the sanctity, respect and holiness that marriage was afforded during the ceremony.
Check out the Royal Programme from the official Prince of Wales website: http://princeofwales.gov.uk/content/documents/RWOP_V2.pdf
Some of my favorite parts of the wedding:
- When the Archbishop of Canterbury states, “For be ye well assured, that so many as are coupled together otherwise than God’s Word doth allow are not joined together by God; neither is their Matrimony lawful”…yet ironically, Elton John and “his partner” were sitting there listening…hmmm..
- …”according to God’s holy law“…”Through Jesus Christ our Lord“…”in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.” God was made the central focus of this union!
- “To whom God hath joined together let no man put asunder.” I wonder if people who do away with their first spouse and get married to another leave this part out of their second marriage…
- “God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Ghost bless, preserve and keep you;…”
- The Hymn choices were awesome!
- The prayer written together by William and Kate was beautiful: http://www.officialroyalwedding2011.org/blog/2011/April/29/Prince-William-and-Catherine-Middleton-s-Prayer
- One of my favorite parts of the wedding are words from the Bishop of London’s sermon: “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.” Words to live by!
- The Bishop of London goes on to say: “As the reality of God has faded from so many lives in the West (and I would argue around the world!) there has been a corresponding inflation of expectations that personal relations alone will supply meaning and happiness in life. This is to load our partner with too great a burden. We are all incomplete: we all need the love which is secure, rather than oppressive, we need mutual forgiveness, to thrive. As we move towards our partner in love, following the example of Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit is quickened within us and can increasingly fill our lives with light. This leads to a family life which offers the best conditions in which the next generation can practise and exchange those gifts which can overcome fear and division and incubate the coming world of the Spirit, whose fruits are love and joy and peace.” Words of wisdom!
So, did any of you out there watch the wedding? Did you enjoy it as well?