Head over Heels with Joy
I thought the choice of Bible reading was particularly apt and I note wih approval that it was read from the New Revised Standard Version and not the King James Bible and very well read too. Richard Chartres sermon has to be one of the best wedding sermons I've heard. I could go on - the whole event was a feast for the eyes, the ears and the spirit. Everyone seemed to play their part as we've come to expect of great British pageants of this sort. But at the centre was a man and woman making a life-long commitment to each other before God (and a truly enormous congregation!) and saying 'I will'. (When will all the media wake up to the fact that in a Church of England wedding no-one ever gets to say 'I do'.)
In the sermon was a reference to the fruit of the Spirit as 'love, joy and peace'. A verger appeared to be head over heels with joy and demonstrated that after all the guests had left the abbey. Was he relieved it had all gone without a hitch? I did wonder what the abbey staff had been drinking after the service - but I'll assume that the person who turned cartwheels on the red carpet in the aisle was full of the joy of the Holy Spirit of God. If you haven't already seen this video clip - enjoy!