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Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Every Picture tells a Story...Under the Canopy of Heaven

Early on I resolved never to blog about any specific religion. I think that was a wise decision. Unimaginable havoc continues to be wreaked on the world in the name of parochial religion. But this kind of conflict doesn't have to be inevitable just because faiths diverge. Our latest family wedding is proof of this and I'm delighted to be able to blog about it.

My grandson Ben is part of a devoted Jewish family. His new wife Teresa is from a devout Catholic family with deep roots in church and community. I've come to the conclusion the faiths of the two families are much more alike than different. This played out in a wedding that included two ceremonies celebrating two traditions.


First a beautiful Catholic ceremony full of pageantry in Teresa's home parish. Then a Jewish ceremony full of singing and dancing outside, under the chuppa or marriage canopy. Each was so wonderful in its on way---and so respectful of the other.

Teresa's family pulled out all the stops--and their checkbooks to give the kids a never-to-be-forgotten (or repeated) wedding. For their part, Jack and Carole tried to stay out of the way. They gave Ben an exquisite handloomed tallit (prayer shawl) for a wedding present. Stretched between four wooden poles held by brothers and sisters, it formed the marriage canopy. Later, (much later, we pray), Ben will be wrapped in the tallit for burial. Sorry if anybody finds this a macabre detail but I like the idea.

The other photos I'm posting this afternoon are pretty self-explanatory. If you can't figure them out, make something up. Or I will.



13 Comments:

  • At 11:47 AM, Blogger Chancy said…

    Such a lovely wedding photo filled with beautiful, happy souls.

     
  • At 12:14 PM, Blogger Miss Cellania said…

    Lovely and well-thought out. You look wonderful!

     
  • At 12:37 PM, Blogger bunnygirl said…

    How totally wonderful! And even the bridesmaids' dresses were attractive! That's no mean accomplishment...

     
  • At 2:35 PM, Blogger MizMell said…

    This marriage is destined for greatness! How wonderful that they respect each others' beliefs (and those of their respective families). Learning to compromise early on can make all the difference!

     
  • At 5:42 PM, Blogger Code Yellow Mom said…

    This looks so wonderful - I love the diversity and respect for each other's faith and tradition. The prayer shawl reminds me of a children's book I read once where the shawl was passed from mother to daughter to granddaughter - used for their births, then on their wedding days...it was so lovely. And I like the idea of something meaningful for burial as well. (Hope that doesn't make me macabre, either.) :) What a great wedding. So fun to see the pics.

     
  • At 5:46 PM, Blogger Mildred Garfield said…

    Mazel Tov to one and all!

    At Steve's wedding we danced the Hora and Carol's family did the Irish step dance.

    They have been married for 18 years so at the time I was able to get up there and do the Hora!

    Wishing you lots more happy events in your life.

     
  • At 8:13 PM, Blogger saz said…

    Lucy - This is just so beautiful. If only the world could be like this. And for all your worrying you look wonderful!

     
  • At 8:42 PM, Blogger Joy Des Jardins said…

    A good time was had by all it seems Lucy. You all look amazing. How beautiful. Well, if all your weeks and weeks of worrying had anything to do with the success of the day...then, Kudos to you sweet Lucy!

     
  • At 8:46 PM, Blogger kenju said…

    A beautiful family, and how wonderful it is to see two such revered traditions joined at the hip. May they each always see the beauty in the other's history.

     
  • At 8:40 AM, Anonymous Maria said…

    Lucy,
    I love you and your wonderful insights into life, religion, and respect. This morning with all of its terrible news of disaster has been made a little lighter because of your writing.

     
  • At 1:54 PM, Anonymous Terri said…

    What a wonderful wedding,Lucy and how nice to observe both religions. BY the way...I really liked the idea of the tallit. It certainly makes it very meaningful and such a nice tradition.

     
  • At 4:00 PM, Anonymous Simply Coll said…

    It is by hearing stories like this that I maintain my belief that the world can find peace.

     
  • At 4:42 AM, Anonymous Cooper said…

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