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Letters to AO

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Letters from the week of 6 to 12 July 2015

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Love and Marriage

The best wedding ever for me was in Lander, Wyoming in 1997.

Ann Fontaine
St Catherine of Alexandria, Nehalem OR
Cannon Beach, Oregon, USA
6 July 2015

A favorite wedding memory was a new take on the unity candle. With a genderally "geek themed wedding the bride and groom had a little boy bring a bag of duplo blocks, and the two pieced together a heart. It was adorable, symbolic, lovable, and easliy visable for all to see.

Liz Olsen
Chicago, Illinois, USA
9 July 2015

While I wasn't present, this story was told by my college chaplain, Charles "Snork" Roberts, when I attended WVU, Morgantown, WV, in the mid '70s. He was associated with campus ministry and based at Trinity Episcopal Church, Morgantown.
Snork, as he popularly called, as also nicknamed "Marryin' Sam" for the number of weddings he presided over.

This took place around 1975.
It was a hot day in August, the church was not air conditioned. Snork related how things were going along as usual until he reached the part where "anyone having cause" was said, suddenly 8-10 men jumped from their seats and raced toward the altar. He said in all his years as a priest no one had even said anything, much less rushed the bridal party. The men ran past the party to the apse wall where the candles, in the heat, had tilted over and set the cloth altar hanging on fire. This was ripped down and taken outside and put out.
I would have loved to have seen that.
I still have a border scrap of that hanging I salvaged.

Joe Mackey
Huntington, West Virginia, USA
12 July 2015

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