I don’t know if you watched the royal wedding the other night. If you did, did you see how Christ was proclaimed? I don’t know if you watched the same coverage I did. I was comparing notes to a friend who had watched it on via CBS and apparently it was interrupted by commercials and they narrated over a lot of the ceremony. I watched it on BBC America and consequently got to hear all the prayers, hymns, Bible readings, and the sermon.
Like most people, before I watched it my mind was on her gown (which I thought was gorgeous) and the cool fact that the now Princess Kate was born a ‘commoner’. I thought it was neat that they’d met in college and dated for a long time, and basically seemed like a normal couple. I did not watch all the crazy mess of pre-wedding coverage, because why do so? I’m not the celebrity news kind of person anyway. But I adore weddings.
What made me very happy as I watched the BBC coverage was Christ was proclaimed! And, I’m sure the BBC coverage was what most people watched worldwide.
I do not know the spiritual state of the prince or princess, but I do know they went through Christian premarital counseling (because that’s a pre-requisite to marriage in the Anglican Communion). They would not have made a scandal and married outside the Church of England of course, even if they’re both atheists. So I don’t know if they offer an example of a Christian marriage or not, or if they even believe, but at least I know Christ has been proclaimed to them as well, and I pray for them.
Every lovely hymn was from scripture. And scripture itself was read (I remember specifically Romans 12). The service, of course, talked about how marriage was established by God and is reflective of the relationship of Christ and the Church. The sermon talked on how Western ideals put pressure on a married couple to find fulfillment in each other, when really we can only find fulfillment in God. And the archbishop made the point that every Christian wedding is really a royal wedding because it’s between children of God, the princes and princesses of the King of Kings.
And that’s exactly right. All Christian weddings are royal weddings, and all are pale reflections of the REAL Royal Wedding, between Christ and his Church.
“And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that hears say, Come. And let him that is thirsty come. And whoever will, let him take the water of life freely.” Rev. 22:17