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The Archbishop of Canterbury comments on theRoyal Wedding

Posted by Fabio on April 21, 2011 at 9:58 AM

Speaking in a short film producedby Lambeth Palace, the Archbishop of Canterbury talks about the sense ofhopefulness and generosity which lie at the heart of marriage, and what thisalso tells us about the ‘mystery’ and ‘delight’ which can be found in thislife-time commitment. Dr Williams, who will be conducting the marriage ceremonyat Westminster Abbey on Friday 29th, also describes the sense of privilege hefeels about his own role in the royal wedding:


“Any priest or minister conductinga wedding is bound to feel a huge sense of privilege. You’re invited into someintimate places in people’s lives. You’re invited to take part in a verysignificant moment, a moment of hope; a moment of affirmation about people’spresent and future. And I’ve felt very privileged to be part of this event forthose reasons. Here are young people sending a message of hopefulness, sendinga message of generosity across the world. And it’s my privilege to be able tobless that in the name of God, to witness it in the name of God”.


In describing his impressions ofthe way in which the couple have approached their marriage, Dr Williams says:“I’ve been very struck by the way in which William and Catherine haveapproached this great event. They’ve thought through what they want for themselves,but also what they want to say. They’ve had a very simple, very direct pictureof what really matters about this event. I think that they have a clear senseof what they believe they’re responsible to. They’re responsible to the wholesociety; responsible to God for their relationship. And I think it’s impressivethat they’ve had that simplicity about it, they’ve known what matters, what’sat the heart of all this… … because I think they are deeply unpretentiouspeople”


Finally, the Archbishop urges allthose who will be watching on the day to offer their support and prayers to thecouple as they take this significant step:


“William and Catherine are makingthis commitment very much in the public eye and they’re sensible, realisticyoung people. They know what the cost of that might be. They’ve thought thatthrough. And because of that they will need the support, the solidarity and theprayers of all those who are watching today. We have to be witnesses in anactive sense: the kind of witnesses who really support what’s going on. To be awitness is more than to be a spectator and I hope that’ll be part of people’sexperience at the time of the wedding.”




The short film and transcript isavailable here:

Broadcast quality versions areavailable to download here:



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