Religion In The Royal Wedding

04.29.11 | Sarah Harnisch

  While it's unclear where Kate Middleton and Prince William stand in their faith, their ceremony was definitely rich in Christian traditions. Aside from the singing of the Psalms by choir boys and the Bishops giving sermons, as well as the church location of Westminster Abbey, there were a few other added perks.
   The main one: a reading of Romans 12 before a global audience of 2-billion people. The verse was hand-chosen by Kate and William themselves, after a private study session at their church. The couple chose Kate's youngest sibling, 23-year-old cake-making entrepreneur James, to deliver the lesson of the day. They said the verse was their personal preference, it spoke to them. From the Great Lecturn this morning, James read Romans 12:1-2, and 9-18, which proclaims: "do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds. Let love be genuine, hate what is evil, hold fast to what is good, love one another with mutual affection, outdo one another in showing honor." The couple used the New Revised Standard Version of the Bible, which is used by Westminster Abbey.
    Other faith highlights: the reading of the Lord's prayer by a congregation of 19-hundred, and a very unique open by the Bishop of London. He said "every wedding is a Royal wedding, for we are subjects of the King of Creation."