Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, now the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, are officially married!
The Order of the Nuptials is a bit confusing to me. There is a splendid charge to the couple which is in fact a splendid description of the Sacrament of Marriage. Then they are asked about their intentions, a hymn is sung and there is a kind of Liturgy of the Word but no Gospel reading.
The black American Episcopal bishop gave a well delivered and stunning homily.
Then an American Gospel choir sang splendidly the secular ditty "Stand By Me"! WHY???????
Then the vows came. And then some silly Americans I presume, cheered when the presider declared them married. Fortunately that same group did not applaud "Stand by Me".
Female "priest" after the sort of Nuptial blessing of the couple then offers the Bidding Prayers, with an Orthodox Prelate sharing in leading it.
Then a congregational hymn is sung and I must say robustly by all to include the royals.
Then the final Blessing and couple disappears to sign their post Nuptial agreement. After some time they emerge but not until there is a cello solo, two in fact and too long, and now a third cello solo, Ave Maria, to kill the time. Just what is the royal couple doing. Consummating everything? I am getting impatient! And Prince William and Prince Charles just chatting away!
O my and all the hats!
Finally the royal couple reemerge to brass fanfare, nice! All sing God Save the Queen, my Country ''tis a v! Nice!
Finally a nice English recessional and dignified unlike so many American wedding recessional!
Kissing of bride outside at doors of chapel! Lovely! Inside postlude Gospel hymn "Praise Him, This Little Light of Mine!"
Although the order of the liturgy confuses me, overall it was splendid, but at their next wedding add the Gospel and get rid of "Stand by Me." Maybe John Nolan can explain Anglican peculiarities?