Royal Wedding - Be Who You Are

Pilgrims watched the wedding on my TV. Our Retreat House invited guests to join Holy Island's street party (actually, it was Oasis Cafe's garden) instead of their usual evening meal with us, and we gave the cost of their meals to our local charity - the fund to rebuild our village hall.

If you wondered what the Westminster Abbey canon meant (as reported in the last blog) when he said the world needs both Westminster Abbey and Lindisfarne models, Richard Chartres sermon to William and Catherine may point us to the answer.:'"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...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 Celtic dimension of Christianity is to be who you are, not to play to the gallery: to be of the earth and yet to discover the true nobility of being down to earth. It is about God in the ordinary things of life. If Kate and William can, more often than not, live that way - we will all be enriched.

We delayed our Midday Prayer until after the royal balcony kiss. Then we prayed this blessing on the couple from 'Liturgies from Lindisfarne':

'May the Father take you in his fragrant clasp of love, in every up and every down of your life. The love and affection of God be with you. The love and affection of the saints in heaven be with you. The love and affection of your friends on earth be with you, to guard you, to cherish you, to bring you to eternal fulfilment.'

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Posted at 06:12am on 29th April 2011
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