THE ROYAL WEDDING: A TRIUMPH OF TRADITION, FAITH & PAGEANTRY, Part 1

Far from being trendy, the royal wedding was in fact steeped in tradition, faith and pageantry.  As befitting a future King of the United Kingdom, the wedding ceremony of Prince William and Catherine Middleton was infused with all the pageantry and history attached to the British monarchy.   From the setting of the wedding in historic Westminster Abbey to the symbolism behind the  flowers of the bride’s bouquet, nearly everything about William and Catherine’s wedding had meaning and substance to it.  And above all, the Christian faith was at the heart and center of the couple’s special day.  The grandeur of the historic abbey, the site of coronations and the final resting place of kings and queens, was in full display.  The marriage was conducted by the Dean of Westminster and solemnized by the Archbishop of Canterbury.  The beautiful words were taken from the Book of Common Prayer (Series 1).  The message given by the Bishop of London was edifying.  It began with the following words: “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.”

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