Same sex wedding held in London church

In what is apparently the first public same-sex wedding in the Church of England, two gay priests were married at one of London’s oldest church, using a ritual taken substantially from the Book of Common Prayer . The ceremony included marriage vows, exchanging rings, and the Eucharist. The language was slightly edited for use by two men.

The ceremony for the Rev. Peter Cowell, Priest Vicar at Westminster Abbey, and the Rev. Dr. David Lord was held at The Priory Church of St. Bartholomew the Great in London.

See bulletin from the Liturgy here.

The Priory Church of St. Bartholomew the Great was a location used in the filming of Four Weddings and a Funeral.

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  1. I would have assumed someone else would point this out by now, but this was the first same-sex blessing service (it wasn’t a wedding) like the Pope just received his first communion today. These things have been going on in England for years. I’m still baffled about why this one has made it onto the radar screen.

    Pax,

    Scott+

  2. Have to disagree. Scott. Here is what I wrote at Jake’s place:

    I dunno gang, I think this deserves the publicity it got. Rings, trumpets, 300 people, one of London’s oldest churches, a priest from Westminster Abbey, and a service that was just a handful of tweaks away from the BCP. Makes for an awfully good story. Not only that, it was clearly intended to look as much like a wedding as possible. (Which is fine by me, but let’s admit that it went as far in that direction as it could.) If events such as this one have been happening on a regular basis, we sure haven’t heard about them in this sort of detail.

    For me the point here has nothing to do with GAFCON and everything to do with the tremendous hypocrisy of the Church of England. (It isn’t respect for Peter Akinola that keeps us form doing what we should do on the issue of full inclusion; it’s respect for Rowan Williams and the Anglican Communion Office.) The Episcopal Church underwent an international inquiry and an organized attempt to subvert its governing structure because not every bishop would agree to quash blessings that look a lot less like weddings than this one did. Our bishops were involved in word by word wrangling with the Joint Standing Committee of the Primates Meeting and the ACC over this issue in New Orleans. Our future participation in the Communion was said to be at stake. And now, lo and behold, priests in the C of E crawl out further on this branch than we ever have and what are the consequences for its hierarchy?

    We’ve been playing Rowan Williams’ game since we allowed our newly-elected PB to come into the House of Deputies and argue on behalf of B033. Now we see that even the Church of England isn’t playing Rowan Williams’ game. We pay the price in conscience for our seat at the Anglican table, whereas the Church of England does not. Who negotiated this deal?

  3. Scott is confirming what Jim is saying. Although this ceremony may have had “more knobs” than most of those that preceeded it, this isn’t the first blessing/marriage/ceremony with knobs that has occurred in the CoE by a long shot. And everybody knows it — as our Presiding Bishop has pointed out.

    This is about the hypocrisy of the CoE and our misguided deference to Rowan Williams.

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