Saturday, July 25, 2009

Wedding procession

One of the common invitations received in adulthood is wedding. In just these two years, there are many people around me who got married. If they are Christians, their wedding will go through the normal church procession.

And the typical procession followed exactly what the local have picked up from the West. The flower-girls, the flowers, the ring bearer, the rings, the bridesmaids, the groom-men, the wedding songs, the father of the bride ushering his daughter down the aisle, etc. All have their significance, yet all are imported almost entirely from the colonizers.

As the West keep on being innovative and developing new significance, the general sentiment among local church-goers still find it hard to realize such creativity.

This video is of a recent wedding procession:

After watching it, I wonder if the local mainline denominations are fine with such procession? Perhaps when the same style of procession is being suggested, some local congregants may condemn it as sacrilegious, defiling the sacredness of a wedding procession. May be the wedding couple themselves would decry such suggestion.

But personally I think it's a great, fresh, and inspiring way to celebrate. A wedding's sacredness is not in the procession, but in its institution. Just like the Holy Communion. It doesn't matter if you are using leavened or unleavened bread.


blogpastor said...

Great post Sze Zeng! I enjoyed it thoroughly......and will enjoy it as long as conducted by some other minister and in some other church like Orchard Rd Presbyterian or elsewhere! haha.

Sivin Kit said...

I loved it!

Sze Zeng said...

Hi Blogpastor, I get your hint! hahahaha

Hi Sivin, you can suggest that to your members who are getting married ;)

Kar Yong said...

wow....great! Should I get married....I might just do this and get all my students involved as well....and perhaps the wedding can be held in STM...wowowowow...

Sze Zeng said...

Hi KY, great! You can somersault like the groom too. I can be one of the groom's men. hahahaha