Samara O'Shea

I Give Thee my Troth

I caught a few minutes of the Royal Wedding (again) over the weekend. For some reason, I haven’t gotten sick of it. Maybe it’s because I sense that Will & Kate are two genuine people. Or perhaps it’s that a royal wedding is as rare as Haley’s comet. I assure you it’s not because I buy into the fairytale. I look at newlyweds (especially royal ones) as two people who have accepted a great challenge, and I wish them all the best.

This time, I caught the ceremony as they exchanged vows. Anglican wedding vows are pure poetry. It’s interesting, the United States is largely Catholic, but it’s the Anglican church’s (called the Episcopal church in the US) vows that are more culturally popular. For example, “Dearly beloved, we are gathered here . . .” is Anglican. As is the famous inquiry, “If any man can show any just cause why they may not lawfully be joined together . . . or forever hold his peace.” These lines are not part of the Catholic ceremony.

During the Will & Kate wedding I took note of the words, “And thereto I give thee my troth.” How beautiful! Of course I had to look up what it meant. It’s the King James way of swearing fidelity and/or sealing the deal. In other words, adding a verbal signature to the vows you’ve just spoken. Here’s to 50+ years of troth for the Duke & Duchess.

The vows, in case you haven’t seen them!