Married among the tombstones

Royal wedding Prince William & Catherine Middleton

Flight Lieutenant William Arthur Philip Louis Wales, Knight of the Garter and set fair to be the 42nd monarch since the Norman Conquest, (°June 21 1982) who wants to be in control of his own life is going to give his hand to Catherine Elizabeth Middleton (°January 9, 1982), previously William’s flatmate, eldest child of businessman Michael and former air hostess Carole Middleton, who raised to multi-millionaires, thanks to Carole’s mail-order Party Pieces firm. ‘Kate’ will be the first royal bride to have a university degree, the first to have lived with her husband before marriage, the first to have a mother who used to be an air hostess, the first to be raised in a house that has a street number instead of a fancy name and a moat with swans.
The Queen has given her formal consent to the marriage under the historic Great Seal of the Realm. She signed a notice of approval – in transcribed calligraphy – giving consent to the union, without which the marriage would be invalid.

“A marriage is good news because it says something so deep about our humanity.  And it tells us that we can have grounds for hope:  that there are still people around who want to spend their lives with each other, who want to make this great act of generous commitment to one another.  And so, everybody around the world will have some sense of the commitments that are possible. “ says the Archbishop of Canterbury.[1]

The Reformation and the establishment in 1534 of the Church of England had brought religion into the arranged marriage question for the heirs of Great Britain.[2] A theologian who did not want to have his name used publicly quipped at a recent reception at Lambeth Palace: “Ever since Saul, David and Solomon, the Church of England’s ideal of a monarch is a man or woman with one eye on their subjects, the other on heaven.” Though the relationship between Church and State has been turbulent since Henry VIII decided to split from the Roman Catholic church and created the Church of England.

A religious ceremony, yes, aides say, but also a chance to show potential tourists what Britain is still best at: pomp, ceremony, pageantry and tradition. A personal event, but one happily also combining commercial, political and constitutional opportunities.[3] The unhappiness of the marriage of Prince William’s parents, and the sad and premature death of his mother, have been clouds over the recent history of the dynasty that are slow to disperse.

With his father happily remarried in 2005, the celebrations next Friday ought to confirm that the House of Windsor is, at last, once more on an even keel.[4] But Prince William is aware that he shall probably be under the remorseless gaze of several hundred million people from Hong Kong to Honolulu witch doubtless also bear down heavily upon him.

As soon as the extra bank holiday was announced, many people up and down the UK seized the opportunity to plan Royal Wedding parties in tribute to the marriage of Prince William and Kate Middleton.

West view of Westminster Abbey, London.

West view of Westminster Abbey, London. - Image via Wikipedia

Major towns and cities across the nation will have big screens transmitting the events of the Royal Wedding as they happen during April 29. These free screenings will give members of the public who can’t get to London the chance to watch as the celebrations unfold at Westminster Abbey. [5]

According Allison Pearson the sensible, steely but warm-hearted, Kate Middleton will bring a refreshing informality to the custom-bound royals.[6]

The Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment has completed a string of major rehearsals in Hyde Park, including Commander Household Cavalry’s Inspection and the Major General’s Review. The rehearsals enabled the Regiment to continue training for the Royal Wedding.

The Royal Wedding procession with the 1902 State Landau, specifically built for King Edward VII in 1902 to be used at his Coronation, will carry the Bride and Bridegroom on their way back from the service at Westminster Abbey to Buckingham Palace, going past some of London’s most famous landmarks and entertainment in the form of show tunes, pop songs and sing-along ditties will be provided to crowds lined along the wedding procession route on the day of the Royal Wedding.

“Not a day goes by when I don’t think about [the crash] once in the day,” William said in 2007. Last week he took his bride to visit his mother’s grave on an island at Althorp, the Spencer family’s ancestral Northamptonshire estate.

As he shall gaze up at the abbey’s medieval tracery while waiting for his bride on Friday, William – sensitive, reserved, a worrier – will know that his greatest burdens lie ahead. The royal family is ageing: his granny, though fit, is 85; his dad will inherit the throne as an old man and he himself is fast approaching middle-age.[7]

As multitudes watch the spectacular proceedings in Westminster Abbey, few will be thinking about the fact that it will be taking place in what is essentially a ‘house of the dead.’ Some 3,000 people are buried in the Abbey, including many Kings, Queens, former Prime Ministers and notables. Here lies Elizabeth I, James I, Mary Queen of Scots, Charles II as well as others like composer Handel (known for his ‘ Messiah’) and poet Chaucer, novelist Charles Dickens and so on. It really is a House of the Dead! The prince his life has also be surrounded by death, namely the dead of a fairy tale and awful accident of his mother.

This royal wedding can give us cause to think about another future one – a much more perfect and splendid marriage as described in Revelation 19:6-9. The words are,

“And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of mighty thunderings, saying, Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth. Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready. And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints. And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God.”

Many wonder what the couple shall wear on Friday, but for the future we know that the king’s daughter shall be all glorious within her clothing of wrought gold. On Friday close family members are to sit nearest to the royal couple as they take their vows at Westminster Abbey.
Westminster Abbey is essentially two churches, said the BBC’s Royal correspondent Nicholas Witchell.[8] The wedding will see 2,000 guests pack into the 1,000-year-old Abbey and those sitting near the high altar will have the best view of the marriage while guests in the nave would see very little.

None of us ordinary people shall be invited to such a Royal wedding, though this time service personnel also feature heavily in the guest list and Prince William has invited members of the families of two close friends and colleagues from Sandhurst who died on active service. The list totals 1,000 friends and family members, 52 members of the royal family, 46 members of foreign royal families and 80 guests from Prince William’s charities.

But it will not be long any more that we all shall become invited to a great Royal wedding. This time not taking place in a house of the death but in the House of the Living.

Jesus (Yeshua) has sent an angel to give us testimony for the Messianic communities. With Christ we got the Lamb of God and saw this bride killed. But that root and offspring of David, the bright morning star, has given us light. All of us are being called. The spirit and the bride say, ‘come!’ let anyone who hears say, ‘come!’ and let anyone who is thirsty come-let anyone who wishes, take the water of life free of charge.” (Revelation 22:15-17)[9]

We shall be able to trusts in him and become acquitted. Out of the house of death we shall be lifted. But anyone who refuses to trust him has long since been under the death sentence without knowing it. And why? Because of that person’s failure to believe in the one-of-a-kind Son of God when introduced to him.[10]

Whoever accepts and trusts the Son shall get in that big cathedral of the living. They shall be able to face a marvellous world of happy married people and find people who shall not suffer anymore. Opposite to those who avoids and distrusts the Son shall stay in the dark and would not see life. The believing shall see a marvellous light and by putting their entire trust in the Master Jesus they’ll live as they were meant to live.[11]

Therefore getting to know such good news of a marriage we also have to let the others know of the still higher marriage.[12] And often when we here the wedding bells people also think of a near future of children. For the other marriage there shall be special children. Whoever believes in the Son, got baptized and became newly born, has eternal life and became God’s children not by natural means, that is, by being born as the children of a human father but from the Will of God himself who gave His only begotten Son[13] and who is their Father.[14]

Read more about the Royal Wedding and the one “Prepared as a bride adorned for her husband”

Also of interest (next to the related articles mentioned at the bottom of the page):

BBC News on the Royal Wedding

The Royal Wedding in articles and pictures

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Kate Middleton and Prince William’s wedding details: from the dress to the guest list

Get Kate Middleton’s little white dress


[9] “Outside the City are the dogs, the spiritistic druggers, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idolaters, and everyone who lies and admires the lie.” “I, Jesus, sent my angel to bear witness to all of you these things for all the congregations. I am the Root and Offspring of David, the Bright Star of the Morning.”” (Revelation 22:15-17 MHM) “And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that hears say, Come. And let him that is thirsty come. And whoever will, let him take the water of life freely.” (Revelation 22:17 KJBPNV)

[10] “The person believing in God’s Son is not to be condemned. The person not believing has been condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only-begotten Son of The God.” (John 3:18 MHM)

[11] “The person believing in the Son possesses endless Life, but the person disobeying the Son will never experience Life, rather the wrath of The God continues to remain upon him.” (John 3:36 MHM)

“And they answered: “Believe on the Master Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.”” (Acts 16:31 MHM)

[12] “Therefore, go your ways and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing persons in the name of the Father, the Son and the holy Pneuma.” (Matthew 28:19 MHM) “He said: “The appointed time has drawn near, and the Kingdom of the God has drawn close. Repent and continue to believe in the Good News.”” (Mark 1:15 MHM)

[13] “”This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life.” (John 3:16 Message)

[14] “These were born, not from blood-that is, from a fleshly desire, or a male desire-but from God.” (John 1:13 MHM)

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About Marcus Ampe

Retired dancer, choreographer, choreologist. - Gepensioneerd danser, choreograaf, choreoloog.
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2 Responses to Married among the tombstones

  1. Pingback: Pump, circumstance, Royalism and paganism | Marcus' Space

  2. emjayandthem says:

    This was beautifully written; thank you for sharing your link, and for commenting on my post regarding my observations of the Royal Wedding.

    Bests!
    MJ

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