I’m almost embarrassed to admit that I set my alarm early this morning in order to watch the royal wedding between Prince William, second heir to the British throne, and his new bride, Princess Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge. Maybe it was nostalgia, since I also watched Charles’ and Diana’s wedding on TV back in 1981. Or the idea of a royal prince picking a commoner to be his bride. Or maybe, as my husband suggests, it is the British blood that flows through my veins.
As expected, the occasion was beautiful beyond description. But I was truly and joyously surprised by the homily given by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr. Rowan Williams, who pointed out not just to the bride and groom, but for all the world’s ears: “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.” This couple, who did not live their single lives in a way that would indicate, publicly at least, a relationship with God, elected to immerse themselves in a spiritually vibrant wedding ceremony. A ceremony which, as the Archbishop proclaimed, symbolized the Royal Wedding to come between Jesus Christ and His bride, the Church.Read More