The Royal Wedding: Silly and Serious Highlights

The first highlight is a reflection on the theological presence of the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, who solemnized the marriage. The second one is another reflection that also tackles the cynicism and snarkiness of so many about this event and that includes this memorable photograph from Buckingham Palace of a three-year-old bridesmaid on the balcony as the newlyweds kissed.

There were what-some-have-described-as-hats adorning the heads of dozens of the invited guests, who heard a thoughtful sermon by the Bishop of London, Richard Chartres. His remarks included these words that were addressed not merely to the bride and groom or those seated in Westminster Abbey but also to everyone watching the royal wedding far beyond London or the British Isles:

As the reality of God has faded from so many lives in the West, 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.

Last but certainly not least comes this video of a verger, taken after the ceremony had ended, showing a kind of joy and delight that’s too often lacking in the world:

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