Wednesday, December 22, 2004

Church Weddings

We often complained about the lengthy hours spent at church weddings, but do we know how much time is spent at a similar wedding in Thailand?

The first time I traveled by air was to Bangkok to attend a church wedding. When the couple arrives at the pulpit before the marriage vows are said, or the ordainment proclaimed by the pastor, it is the time when the couple stand in the presence of close friends and relatives who will one by one or in groups present their words and songs of blessing.

This process of dedications may take hours, depending on the popularity and importance of the ones getting married. This is the time when the couple patiently stand with joy and peace for hours to receive all the words and songs bestowed on them in remembrance of the special day dedicated to the union of two becoming one flesh. Accompanying the swearing of vows and ordainment of marriage is the sense of awe in the presence of God.

So to all of who are attending or getting married in a church wedding, just be thankful and grateful such traditions are not often seen in Singapore!


deborah said...

Gee, I wanna get married! And yes, in Malaysia.

Wishing you a blessed xmas and a wonderful 2005 ahead! Let's not forget the reason for the season.. have a nice day~

saRah said...

that's interesting. have a merry x-mas and a happy new year!