Friday, June 22, 2007

OK - so it wasn't nobility

Well, going into the whole wedding deal, I didn't know a lot of details and was relying on the Italian elder involved. I left Ancona around 7:45 and arrived precisely three hours later at the castle - absolutely everything you would imagine a small, Tuscan castle to be.

As I met people and talked to the wedding party, I figured out that this was a young, American couple who just really wanted to have their wedding in Italy. The groom's whole family was there as well as the bride's father. In attempting to plan this wedding from the U.S., they did a websearch for a non-denominational, non-Catholic, church and came across the Church of Christ site and contacted the elders in Rome. When they found out that they wanted it done in English, they then contacted me. About a dozen believers from the churches of Christ of Rome, Prato, Pistoia and Florence were there as witnesses. There were three of us performing the ceremony.

It really was a pretty hodge-podge service, thrown together at the last minute with the poor bride trying to answer questions through a translator. The elder really held an evangelistic focus throughout the service, having those in attendance read Scripture and sing hymns. The keyboardist that the castle owner had contracted to play was clearly more used to performing in night clubs as half-way through the service he played a jazzy version of the Beatles' 'Yesterday', at the end, running his fingers down the keys and saying 'yesterday' in a breathy voice.

Apart from the awkwardness and unpreparedness, it really was a beautiful, little wedding. There is a chapel in the castle, small, with tall, tall ceilings. It is poorly lit and adorned with all the normal Catholic paraphernalia. The bride looked wonderful in a beautiful dress - the groom, of course, dashing. They were very patient as the ceremony was performed in two languages and as they learned some Italian customs as they went. The parents of the bride and groom were in tears by the end and were so grateful for our willingness to come.

Afterwards, the family ate a lunch together and the rest of us gathered on a terrace in the woods outside the castle walls to eat an Italian picnic. There was poetry, jokes, hymns and prayer and then we left to go home, happy to have been able to serve a family and hoping that our words and actions ministered to them and helped the young couple get their new life together off to a good start.

6 comments:

Roxanne said...

"it is the glory of God to conceal a matter; to search out a matter is the glory of kings." Prov. 25:2

You asked for prayer for your words during the ceremony, Jason. What did you say?

Roxanne said...

Basically, I wondered if it was your kind words of wisdom and counsel that brought the parents to tears, or, if it was actually a delayed reaction to the soloist's breathy version of "Yesterday." (They laughed so hard they cried!)

Roxanne said...

At the risk of not wanting to say more than necessary, I want to add that I am not making fun of the soloist in the above mentioned comment. How you described the rendition of the song in the blog post was humorous, Jason, and I think it would be difficult not to laugh, good-naturedly, at the selection.

Roxanne said...

I guess he, (the keyboard artist,) could have played,
"We got married in a fever"...
hotter than a pepper sprout..." or..."Knock three times on the ceiling if you want me"...Or, how about, "Your cheating heart?"...All selections as nontraditional as..."Yesterday."

Casey Family said...

I shared from 2 Corinthians 5 on practical challenge in marriage:
-to see what is on the inside (v 12)
-to have Christ as foundation (v 14)
-to serve (v 15)
-to look on our spouse with a heavenly POV (v 16)

and the reason 'Yesterday' was so funny to me was because of the lyrics - 'how I long for yesterday'...'all my troubles seem so far away...not it looks as though they're here to stay'

Roxanne said...

Jason, Thanks for your response. I knew the words to "Yesterday," also, which is why I, too, was laughing.

I very much appreciated you sharing the passage of scripture that you used, especially because it seems more nontraditional but has wonderful concepts. What moved my spirit was the fact that I was reading, this morning about the Heavenly foundation in Revelation 21, (the New Jerusalem) and the foundation of the city walls. God's creativity and the beauty of his foundation are beyond description.

Even so, Come Lord Jesus. Blessings, Roxanne