2015 started with a wedding. Our son was married in the Catholic church in January to a beautiful woman. It was an awesome sight to see the generations of grandparents, parents and children sharing in this beautiful and life-giving sacrament.
Weddings have changed over the years! My parents wedding was very simple. She had a maid of honor and he had a best man. Our wedding had a couple of more attendants, but was still simple. There were no engagement parties, dinners, registries, wedding planners…the list goes on and on.
The focus back then was on the sacrament.
As I watched my son’s bride being escorted down the aisle in the gorgeous St. John’s Cathedral; I realized that the very heart of the wedding for our family had not changed. The bride’s father escorted her up the center aisle towards her future husband, towards Our Lord and His altar. It was before Our Lord that these two young people took their wedding vows. They received the Lord’s blessing and were joined in Holy Matrimony.
My son and his wife expressed their gratitude to our Blessed Mother by presenting roses in front of her statue. I felt love and pride for the man my son had become and accepted a rose from him knowing my job was done. He was no longer only my son – he was now a husband. His job is now being the spiritual head of his family and that means making sure his wife and future children leave this world prepared to enter into God’s Kingdom.
He is off to a good start.