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A REMINDER FOR ALL MARRIED COUPLES

The Royal wedding

 I watched some of the Royal Wedding especially the ceremony and the vows, listening to the priest brought back many memories. When I was a young boy divorce was not an option I don’t remember any of my friend’s parents being divorced or anybody else in our small town.

My thought There were the billions watching live and on television for the pomp, glamour and fashion. There was many different opinions on who looked the best, who rode in the best transport, whether it was a car or horse and chariot or whatever.  Then the much awaited Kiss on the notorious balcony and not one Kiss but two!!

I want to concentrate on the service and vows.  When I listen to couples explaining what their problems are, I wonder if they can still remember their vows.

1st Point of service was the Priest reminding the people why they were there and that was to witness the couple being joined together in matrimony. 

2nd Point because the guests are witnesses the Priest had to ask them whether they know of any reason why the couple may not be joined together in matrimony, now speak or forever hold your peace. (My take on this is the guests at any wedding need to be held accountable to the welfare of the couple, because verbally they have signed surety.)  They were not there just to have a good time.

The Vows

Archbishop to Prince William: William Arthur Philip Louis, wilt thou have this woman to thy wedded wife, to live together according to God's law in the holy estate of matrimony?

Wilt thou love her, comfort her, honour and keep her, in sickness and in health; and, forsaking all other, keep thee only unto her, so long as ye both shall live?

He answers: I will.

Archbishop to Catherine: Catherine Elizabeth, wilt thou have this man to thy wedded husband, to live together according to God's law in the holy estate of matrimony? Wilt thou love him, comfort him, honour and keep him, in sickness and in health; and, forsaking all other, keep thee only unto him, so long as ye both shall live?

She answers: I will.

The Archbishop continues: Who giveth this woman to be married to this man?

The Archbishop receives Catherine from her father's hand. Taking Catherine's right hand, Prince William says after the Archbishop: I, William Arthur Philip Louis, take thee, Catherine Elizabeth to my wedded wife, to have and to hold from this day forward, for better, for worse: for richer, for poorer; in sickness and in health; to love and to cherish, till death us do part, according to God's holy law; and thereto I give thee my troth.

They loose hands. Catherine, taking Prince William by his right hand, says after the Archbishop: I, Catherine Elizabeth, take thee, William Arthur Philip Louis, to my wedded husband, to have and to hold from this day forward, for better, for worse: for richer, for poorer; in sickness and in health; to love and to cherish, till death us do part, according to God's holy law; and thereto I give thee my troth.

They loose hands. The Archbishop blesses the ring: Bless, O Lord, this ring, and grant that he who gives it and she who shall wear it may remain faithful to each other, and abide in thy peace and favour, and live together in love until their lives' end. Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Prince William takes the ring and places it upon the fourth finger of Catherine's left hand. Prince William says after the Archbishop: With this ring I thee wed; with my body I thee honour; and all my worldly goods with thee I share: in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.

When things aren’t going well find your vows and be reminded of promises you made to each other.

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