20 May 2018
Well, Meghan Markle wore a white dress afterall with a very long veil embroidered with the distinctive flora of every country in the Commonwealth. This was a very welcome gesture for it speaks of the bride and groom’s participation in a bigger, more diverse racial community.
The guest preacher, Archbishop Michael Curry, who is descended from African-American slaves, preached about the power of love to transform the world. He took his text from the ‘Song of Solomon’. The passage was read by Prince Harry’s aunt, Lady Jane Fellowes, his mother’s sister:
‘Set me as a seal upon your heart, as a seal upon your arm; for love is strong as death, passion fierce as the grave.’
The Anglican Church afforded the grandeur of the location and the colour of its liturgy, coupled with the understated manners of its participating clergy and office-bearers making the perfect foil to illuminate what lay at the heart of the ceremony, the love of two young people.
The best thing of all was that almost two billion people, almost a third of the world’s population, participated in one way or another in a Christian marriage. On several occasions, the Archbishop of Canterbury confirmed that we were meeting ‘in the presence of God’.
Both the preacher and the form of words used in the liturgy spoke very eloquently about the sacrificial love of God celebrated in his Son whose ministry has the power ‘to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, by making peace through the blood of the cross.’