Recently, while attending a wedding, it was decided to pay particular attention to the ceremony.
A few thoughts follow which resulted from that attention paid.
- There were any number of words spoken by the attending minister about “love.” BUT MOSTLY about the “love” the two involved in the wedding should have for each other and what they were to do to increase this love and make it grow.
- The modern wedding ceremony (at least the one which was recently attended) STILL refers to a number of phrases found in the Bible concerning marriage/love. In particular, Genesis 2:24 and 1CORINTHIANS 13:4-7.
“Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.”
“Charity [love] suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.”
- Oddly enough, the attending minister truncated Genesis 2:24, omitting the last six words (“and they shall be one flesh.“). Although those involved in a marriage cut short by whatever reason usually attest to the trauma of losing their spouse. As one man put it, “It was like a part of me was ripped away.” One flesh.
- These references to the Bible among a wedding crowd which appeared to lose interest quickly once the verses began to be explained–their eyes glazing over–seem to be a callback to a time when the majority of a wedding’s audience showed more respect for such traditions.
- How many weddings of these modern days feature children of the newly-wedded couple too old to be flower girls or ringbearers?
- Weddings seem to be an opportunity for the clergy to present an infomercial about their churches–and a grand opportunity it is! The clergy have captive audiences all to themselves for a few minutes to make the case of the value of their church. The only other similar opportunity would be a FUNERAL. As one minister once put it, “FUNERAL SERVICES are for the living, not the dead.”
- Afterwards, a few traditions were observed. There was a “receiving line” where the newly-wed couple greeted the guests as they left the church building. The line at the wedding attended moved quickly and efficiently. ANOTHER tradition was the guests were greeted as soon as they reached the door by a person with a basket. The basket contained little vials of soap and small wands to make soap bubbles. It is a modern tradition to blow bubbles instead of throwing rice. The crowd mingled in the churchyard for awhile, but seemed to lose interest quickly and when the wedding party DID appear, there were minimal bubbles offered by those remaining. Supposedly, the story is that rice is no longer acceptable because it expands and makes birds EXPLODE?!?!
- One of the most repeated claims made at many modern weddings was NOT heard at this one. That claim? “The reception lasted longer than their wedding will.”
- At the end of the day, a few questions arose: “Are the marriage ceremonies of 100 years ago so different from the modern versions–and why are they so different?”
At the reception which followed afterward, it was noted that the American wedding reception had its own traditions which have (many times) become tiresome as the wedding party mindlessly marks them off of a list kept somewhere by whoever is in charge of the reception.
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“Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:
And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep. After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles. And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time. ”
–1 Corinthians 15:1-8
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[Portions of this piece appeared originally in End Times Prophecy Headlines: October 19, 2020.]
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