Friday, April 29, 2011

Royal Wedding


Love this image by photographer Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images which showed up on Vanity Fair by mid-morning. Love that bridesmaid Grace Van Cutsem (her real name) is not cropped out, as she has been in other versions of Macdiarmid's picture of Kate and William's first kiss.

I discovered this on Twitter where, in case you don't already know, I spend many of my waking hours and have darned good reasons for doing so. (See, e.g., @Virtual_Abbey and @HealthFaith).

Twitter is great for observing culture commentary emerging in real time. There was lots relative to the #RoyalWedding.*  Much was delightfully snarky but there was a lot of earnestly appalled and downright rude commentary from and among tweeps who consider themselves people of deep faith.

I get it. Really, I do. I get how the costly pomp of this royal wedding seems obscenely profligate considering the British economy, fights for liberation in the Middle East, and worldwide natural disasters of Biblical proportion.

But I also get the importance of celebrating joy and hope for new beginnings; of public sacraments; of pledges that invoke eternity while anchored in the corporeal.  These seem like fine things to observe, especially during this Easter season. Get it?

* The hashtag (#) is a tagging convention used in social media.

6 comments:

  1. I get it, and I agree with you, Meredith. Just as the poor will always be with us, we both serve the poor and celebrate new life with joy. The world is both broken and beautiful and to forget either one is to forget half the story.

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  2. Also, the vows themselves were so traditional and beautiful it was really moving to witness. "With this ring I thee wed, with my body I honor thee."

    Interesting catchpa: commi

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  3. Love when catchpa offers up weirdly (in)appropriate word scrambles!

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  4. what I saw was how quickly Catherine attended to the little flower girl who was distressed by the crowds and noise...good peripheral vision, that young woman, I thought!

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  5. I had studiously avoided the royal wedding hype, but this was great. I love how the Twitter crowd didn't let this get cropped out...or at least stay cropped out.

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  6. Have you seen the Photoshopped picture of wedding girl in the Situation Room?

    word verify: blest

    Really!

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