More than 2 billion or more viewers from around the world supposedly watched William and Kate’s, Royal Wedding of the century, from afar in the comfort of their living rooms. Most people probably sat and took in the entire spectacle without realizing the significance of the Christian wedding service that they were witnessing. But hopeful some may have been prompted to analyze the wedding from a somewhat more cynical view. What part of the wedding vows of William and Kate stood out that doesn’t quite ring true especially for those Royal family members who have gone through this same Christian marriage ceremony in the past?
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The power of the marriage ceremony rituals proclaimed, “Do you promise to live together for the rest of your lives” as well as “I give you all my worldly belongings” seemed to ironically clang like a resounding gong reverberating and sounding very hollow as the vows loudly bounced off the walls of Westminster Abbey.
I don’t imagine Diana or “Fergie” on their wedding day would ever have believed that the royal family would have not honored their end of the bargain when they made their wedding vows as the world looked on when marrying into the royal family.
Let’s hope and pray that William and Kate actually take on these powerful vows, honor them and restore the world’s faith in the Christian church and the sanctity of marriage and not just for the sake of the royal family but for the sake of the Christian faith.
As the service progressed I couldn’t help but wonder what the Queen’s children Charles, Andrew, Anne, the Queen’s sister Margaret, Sarah Ferguson and Camilla Parker Bowls were thinking as the vows and Bible verses were being read out for no doubt these are the same or similar vows which were spoken out at each their own Christian weddings.
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Rather ironic that the happy couple didn’t look very joyous during the ceremony and that within the first 10 minutes of the service had already said their vows and “I do’s.” Yet the important messages of the explanation of the vows that they are to follow were preached after they said “I do.” Perhaps listening to the sermon first would make “Kate and Wills” vows and “I do’s,” that much more powerful, both for them and for their families and the millions of viewers that looked on and hung off every word.
“This is a joyful day,” pronounces The Very Reverend and Right Honourable John Hall, Dean of Westminster Abbey, as 2 billion people heard as he began the wedding service of Prince William and Kate Middleton.
Dr. Hall’s “Welcome and Introduction” defined marriage as it has been recognized for close to 500 years since King Henry the 8th declared himself the head of the Church of England in 1534. It would appear that the precepts for a Christian marriage in the Church of England seem to have changed been revisited in last century. It would appear that the avalanche of British royal divorce over the last 70 years has opened the way for William and Kate to approach their decision to marry in a, “try before you buy approach.” William and Kate have been rumored to be living together over the last 8 months in a little village in Anglesey in Wales as well as having spent time living together during their university days at St Andrews.
If this is indeed “a day of hope …a day of commitment to each other because of the gift of our generous God…” let’s hope and pray that the many millions watching will support them in their decision to marry with all of the pomp, circumstance and ceremony that went with it despite the somewhat hollowness of the Christian vows said publically by them both.
The personal prayer that Kate and William composed together and read out during the service reflected their own commitment to serve others, which is a redeeming hope to change the past of their predecessors. But perhaps it is through their serving others that other members of their families seem to have ended up separated from each other and resulted in several fractured marriages.
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As the happy couple returned from the private registry room and proceeded to walk down the aisle to courtesy to William’s grandmother, Queen Elizabeth, the mild, formal, somewhat solemn acknowledgement of William’s wife, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, was reminiscent of the Queen’s attitude towards Diana. The lack of connection between William’s father, Charles and step mother, Camilla as Catherine and William paraded passed does not auger well for their beginning of their life together in the spotlight and under the scrutiny of the public.
It would appear that the need for a “honeymoon” seems superfluous since they may have already consummated the marriage and therefore the “need” to postpone the honeymoon due to William’s work commitments with the Royal Air Force establishes the model of work and duty before William’s commitment to his wife and their relationship. Perhaps there was less pressing need for a honeymoon as they had already during the African safari trek where William asked Kate to marry him in November of 2010.
Well now that the registry is signed, the 80 million dollar reception and party have come and gone; let’s all commit this young couple in prayer. Let’s hope and pray that as Kate and William’s own personal prayer that they wrote for the ceremony can bind them together. Their prayer was that “in the busyness of each day to keep their eyes on what is real and important in life.” When the world has finally forgotten the pomp and circumstance may God’s Christian principals of marriage bind them together? As both William and Kate seek to serve each other and their royal subjects may they find God’s true purpose for all of their days in holy matrimony. For as long as they both shall live. Amen.
Louise Heinrich is a Drama teacher and freelance Journalist. She has written articles and recorded radio interviews from major events over the last 10 years including the 2000 Sydney and 2004 Athens Olympics and 2002 Manchester and 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games. She lives in Queensland Australia on the Sunshine Coast with her husband Mark and her two boys Elliot and Timothy. Her e-mail address is: firstname.lastname@example.org