Weddings are always an occasion of great joy, but this weekend’s wedding added a healthy dose of laughter into the mix as well.
It started off like pretty much every other wedding. The groom and the groomsmen were standing at the front of the church expectantly. The bride and the bridesmaids had processed in, and the bride was as clear a vision of beauty as is available to us in this life. There was a moment of silence while everyone settled in to position, just before the opening words: “Dearly beloved, we have gathered here…”
And then the silence was broken from the back of the church by the loud voice of a child. “UH-OH!” the child exclaimed. There was another moment of brief silence, and then everyone burst out laughing. It is nice to know that even after almost 30 years as a priest, there are still delightful surprises.