How are we attending THE wedding?

On a trip to the USA, yesterday, I attended a Wednesday evening meeting at The Mother Church in Boston. Like all Christian Science churches around the world, the Wednesday meeting consisted of hymns, readings from the Bible and Mary Baker Eddy’s “Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures”, and spontaneously shared accounts of healing experienced through a clearer sense of God’s love.

This Wednesday, the readings were focused on marriage, and so were some of the testimonies shared by members of the congregation.

The Royal Wedding is an international event and no more so than in the United States where the royal-less Republic has many citizens who love – from afar – the trappings of royalty. Yet these readings were not so much about “the event”, but about the meaning of marriage – including for the royal couple – especially its spiritual foundations.

It was a very joyful meeting, and it helped me lift my heart and hope for the bride and bridegroom – Prince William and Kate Middleton – wishing for them what I wish for all who marry, namely a spiritually-grounded union of hearts that can reap the joys of a cherished togetherness and grow to meet the storms that might sometimes gather.

In the lobby of the Church after Wednesday’s meeting a thought was shared with me that really resonated with me. Again, it applies to all precious wedding days to which we are invited, including this very public occasion. Namely, to ask ourselves how we are attending – as spectators to see what happens (the glam and the glitz), or even as critics sniping from the sidelines? Or do we attend as supporters, attending to the spiritual needs of the moment, holding up an inner expectancy that God’s hand is at the helm of all that is happening and that the blessing of the day will echo down through the ages ahead.

Out of sight of the worldwide media attention – my wife Jenny I will be watching the ceremony live from Boston tomorrow at 6am! – I hope that “Kate and Wills” find they can enjoy in the privacy of their hearts (and consistently return to, through their marriage) a joyful individual and shared communion with the infinite goodness of the God who loves them dearly, as He/She loves all.

The prayer-meeting at The Mother Church ended with words from Mary Baker Eddy that are a suitable hope, prayer and blessing for all sincere hearts uniting in marriage, and are a wish I offer to this week’s happy couple:

May Christ Truth be present at every bridal altar to turn the water into wine and to give to human life an inspiration by which man’s spiritual and eternal existence may be discerned. (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 65)

UPDATE ON MAY 2, 2011: The Bishop of London gave a marvellous sermon on marriage at the Royal Wedding.  You can read it on the Anglican Diocese of London website, in the article The Wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton or watch it on YouTube below:


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Author:Tony Lobl

I write and edit articles on spirituality from the perspective of the practice of Christian Science as an Associate Editor for the Christian Science periodicals. I studied at the University of Surrey earning a BSc Hons Degree in Modern Mathematics before the teachings of Christian Science transformed my life and re-shaped my career.


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