The Power of Love (@ a Royal Wedding!)

Virginia’s plans for a chill Saturday cleaning out stuff went askew, hijacked by the Royal Wedding. You know, the one today @ Windsor Castle with British Prince Harry & American actress Meghan Markle, now the Duke and Duchess of Sussex?

Hadn’t planned to watch, but last night my brother asked to record it (history and all that) so I set our DVR to capture it in the wee hours. Checking in on network coverage after breakfast, suddenly all the chattering highlights intrigued me into a look-see.

But first, watching a royal wedding ‘tis best done in style (even @ home.) On went the kettle, out came my finest china cup from England (a gift overseas 20+years ago), whisk went a tablecloth on the TV table, and out came an English serving tray from the depths of the tray cupboard (another treasured gift.)

Stymied by the tea selection for such an important viewing, it didn’t take (too) long: Jane’s Garden Tea by Harney & Sons (a favorite green tea made with roses.) Fortified with cuppas from the first (of three) pots of tea, tuned into the wedding service.

Wow. Wow. Wow. Wow. Wow. Wow. Wow!

Royal British pomp & circumstance met Gospel traditions and American liveliness, with Love (note the capital ‘L’) the connecting factor.

So many lovely details – Meghan’s dress, elegantly classic (& gorgeous), the way Prince Charles accompanied her down the aisle (after she walked part-way herself), Meghan’s mother (classy, classy lady!), ethereal music, but loveliest, how Prince Harry’s eyes lit up when he saw his beloved.

When the Most Reverend Michael Curry, leader of the Episcopal church in America, began his message, Virginia geeked out with her notebook. He brought his A-game (& God’s, too, methinks) with a fiery message about LOVE.

He began by quoting Martin Luther King, Jr, “We must discover the power of love, the redemptive power of love. And, when we do that, we will make of this old world a new world. For love, love is the only way.”

He went on, “There is power in love, not just in its romantic forms, but any shape, any form of love because ultimately the source of Love is God. There is power in Love to help and heal when nothing else can. There is power in Love to lift up and liberate when nothing else will. There is power in Love to show us the way to live. Jesus said to love your neighbor as yourself… if we do that (& love ourselves, too) there’s real power, power to change the world.”

Bishop Curry said so much more, so eloquently, but his basic message: There is power in Love, especially God’s love that knows no boundaries or division, and we need to love each other, more.

The Kingdom Gospel Choir sang a rousing ‘Stand by Me’ that moved hearts there & across the globe, then later sent off the happy couple with a thoroughly uplifting Gospel ‘Amen’ interspersed with ‘This Little Light of Mine.’  Truly glorious! Truly groundbreaking @ a royal wedding!

What got Virginia teary-eyed? When 19-year old cellist, Sheku Kanneh-Mason launched into Franz Shubert’s Ave Maria, and when commentators shared afterward that Prince Harry had picked flowers for Meghan’s bouquet, including Princess Diana’s favorite forget-me-nots.

Learning more about Meghan Markle, now the Duchess of Sussex, her life journey and how she has served as an advocate helping others all around the globe is truly inspiring. She reminds me of Princess Diana – her work with landmine awareness, HIV/AIDS, and many other issues. Surely, Princess Di would be pleased for her son, for England, America and the world.

Three pots of celebratory tea (all for me) later: Jane’s Garden Tea, then Empress Grey (a loose leaf favorite from Stash), followed by a Darjeeling (the champagne of teas.)

Once when I forgot to pour my brother his cup of tea, he said, “I need to get in touch with my inner feelings, but it’s hard to do without my Darjeeling!” (A creative way to get a cup of tea – and he got his!)

Inner feelings? Today, unexpectedly overwhelmed watching this slice of history. Martin Luther King, Jr. quoted in a royal wedding? Love with a capital ‘L’ messaged for the world to hear? Gospel choirs mingling with choral meisters? People from all walks of life rubbing elbows and hearts to celebrate a joyous occasion:

Two young people in love creating bridges of love, possibilities of what can be.

grace, peace & Love (!!)

Virginia : )

“Some day, after we have mastered the winds, the waves, the tides and gravity, we will harness for God the energies of Love and then for the second time in the history of the world man will have discovered fire.”  Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

(p.s. All wedding photos taken of CBS coverage on our TV.  : )

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14 Responses to The Power of Love (@ a Royal Wedding!)

  1. Carol-Jo says:

    I watched it and felt the same way..loved the little children helping with the trai n of her beautiful, elegant dress..thanks for your insights…a great May memory and celebration.

    • Virginia says:

      The children helping with her dress seemed like they were having a grand time. What a precious celebration of love & life & possibilities! (p.s. really liked your celebratory wedding hat, Carol-Jo!) 🙂

  2. Garfield Hug says:

    I watched it too and admired Meghan’s self composure to get out of the car and walk alone till her Father in law, Prince Charles walked her part of the way down the aisle. Lady Di would be so very proud of her 2 sons. Prince William, stoic next to Prince Harry in support of his big day. Congrats to the royal couple and am so glad you watched it in true Brit style with good teas!😄

    • Virginia says:

      Methinks Princess Di would be overwhelmed with joy, not just with Meghan & how her sons turned out, but also with such a remarkably inclusive, vibrant wedding celebration. Big hugs to you, GH, & congrats (& blessings) as you begin new work adventures! 🙂

      • Garfield Hug says:

        Agree! I was truly sad when Lady Di passed tragically just days before her birthday in August. I wish the boys a happy life ahead for all they went through in their childhood without a mum. Thanks for your kind wishes Virginia and I pray all goes well for me too. Cheers and have a happy Tuesday ahead.

  3. My Carmel says:

    I woke up at 4a.m. to watch it and it was just so wonderful and moving….you capture it all! Every detail was so special and meaningful. What a powerful message Bishop Curry did not only for them and the whole audience but for the whole world! There’s power in Love ❤ It was truly magical!

    • Virginia says:

      You are amazingly hard-core, Patty, to get up so early to watch the wedding real-time. But, what an amazing celebration of love – truly! I agree with Bishop Curry, too — there’s power in Love! Much love to you! 🙂

  4. TMH says:

    I’ll take your recap to anything from the networks, V. But, but, but…no scones?

    • Virginia says:

      LoL, Tim – didn’t plan ahead for scones (& also forgot vegan lemon-blueberry cupcakes in freezer.) We recorded wedding on CBS, but I also enjoyed NBC’s after-coverage with Hoda (I am groupie, recording Today shows during Olympics.) whew, so amazing! Now, ’bout those scones? 🙂

  5. arlene says:

    Lovely, lovely couple. some of us always want to know how the other half lives. Mom watched it in full while I too a look while they were exchanging their vows.

    • Virginia says:

      Arlene, if you have a chance to view the whole wedding, the ceremony is truly amazing – from the fiery sermon, lovely choral music, rousing Gospel music, cello solo(s)… and Love of two incredible young people who are changing the world! Blessings & hugs! VA 🙂

  6. Uncle Tree says:

    Nice write-up, Virginia! 🙂 I cried and cried with a capital “L”. UT is such a sap.

    • Virginia says:

      Uncle Tree, you are not a sap – I cried, too! What an occasion — two young people fell in love & the world showed up – to witness the power of Love! (methinks a few tears are more than ok!) Hugs!! 🙂

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