This Is The Day

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. ~The Bishop of London, April 29, 2011.

I really hadn’t paid much attention to the media coverage of the Royal Wedding, other than a rather motherly smile and nod at the young couple’s face plastered on all the newspapers.  “Sweet,” I’d think to myself, and then continue on with my busy-ness.

But then my husband (!) indicated he’d like to get up early this morning to watch the festivities.  I sometimes forget that Jim has more Brit blood in his veins than anything else, and is, after all, only one generation removed from the land across the pond. Besides that, he’s a real sucker for the British pomp and circumstance.  So I agreed – what woman wouldn’t want to get up at 5 am and watch a royal wedding with her husband?  Is that romantic, or what?

We arose dutifully on time, and put the coffee on, then settled in with half the rest of the world to watch the extravaganza from start to finish.  I loved seeing the outfits (oh, those marvelous hats!)  and hearing the music (John Rutter’s anthem was glorious!)  The bride was a true princess, and the groom – well, I still feel a tug at my heartstrings when I remember that poor, motherless boy walking behind his mother’s coffin.

Besides, it was uplifting to watch something on television that wasn’t either a natural disaster, a political revolution, or some fresh hell of corruption and evil.  Something happy for change ~ and what could be happier than a fairy tale wedding?

But the real joy of the royal wedding was the sense of timelessness and hope about it.  For centuries on end royal brides and grooms have walked that aisle in Westminster Abbey, taking their place in the family tree of Britain’s monarchy.  A chill runs down my spine when I think about Kate walking the same path this morning that Matilda of Scotland walked in 1100 (almost one thousand years ago!) to wed King Henry I.  And even though times and technology change, the wedding ceremony remains nearly the same, with its age-old responses and rituals still intact.

Every wedding embodies the spirit of the future while harkening to the past, and every time we see a wedding, we recall our own with whatever emotions are attached to it.  The marriage ceremony is such an outward expression of hope and committment that those who witness it can’t help but be touched by it.  The Bishop of London said it best in his homily – “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.” 

Life flowing through them into the future – that’s what a wedding is all about.  In a world where we dwell so deeply on the mistakes of the past and the problems of today, it was worth getting up early to be reminded of that.

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8 thoughts on “This Is The Day

  1. It was quite the grand affair, wasn’t it? We melted when the Rutter piece began and sure hope to sing it someday. Some beautiful sentiment throughout your entry, Becca. With a wink and a nod to our “Anniversary Buddies” across the pond. Lots of Love,

    CAROL & GORDON, Nanjing, China

    • They say that the Rutter piece will sell thousands of copies, as people will want it at their weddings this year 🙂 Nice for him, and it was lovely!

      I was thinking of our anniversary buddies yesterday, too ~maybe we can Skype on Sunday??

      Love you guys!

  2. I didn’t watch it in real time, but did watch CNN’s two-hour recap special last night.

    All that you say about weddings is true. I also was struck by the sense that all of Britain was heaving a sigh of relief – finally all that Royal Turmoil was being supplanted by something positive. In a very real sense this was a restoration of a state as well as a wonderful joining of two people.

  3. Yes, the Bishop had it right in his homily–leaving much to think upon. A lovely wedding, a marriage full of hope, and as you say, one positive moment amidst the turmoil. (With beautiful music–oh, those voices!)

  4. I know exactly what you mean. It was such a sign of hope — something good for England, to be sure. But also something good for all of us in the wake of tornadoes, tsunamis, wars everywhere — oh, yes — and all this rain and cold we’re experiencing here in Michigan. I needed something to make me smile, to be enthused about, even if it’s silly enthusiasm in its way. And in relishing the history of it all, was — for this Brit-history nut — a big bonus point. I’m glad I wasn’t alone! (And yes, those hats were amazing!)

  5. I had one of my sleepless nights and started watching at 4 am. I’m glad I did.

    Our times are a changing. I think we are hungry for tradition and history and hope. The music was beautiful and the hats were whimsical and the bride and groom were young and beautiful. It made me glad that I’m an early riser.

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