“Love is patient, love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful.”
They are words from Saint Paul’s letter to the Church at Corinth and are probably familiar to anyone
who has ever been to a wedding in church. They are words that are now understood by many of those who are to be married as talking about an ideal of married love.
Clergy always look forward to talking to wedding couples as they plan their wedding; and rejoice that they are with them on part of their life’s journey together as they work towards an ideal married life.
However, for those getting married the planning of a wedding can be very stressful, and may make it very difficult for them to focus on the married life beyond. In recent years we have held a Marriage Preparation Day for those getting married. It is a day designed to help them think about their life together, it is definitely not a day to talk about flowers, wedding dresses and Orders of Service. Instead they are led through a series of talks, questions and thoughts about relationships. Not just relationships between the couples but also between them and their families and friends.
The feedback from the wedding couples afterwards have always been very encouraging; they found that topics had been discussed that are normally never thought about and relationships were better understood. A Marriage Preparation Day is a vital step towards understanding Marriage. We pray for all those who are to attend this year.
Paul Duckers, Curate