Praying about a Windsor Wedding

As Christian Scientists we can all do our bit to ensure Saturday's royal wedding in England goes off faultlessly.

After a visit to Windsor on Tuesday, I can report that the town centre is alive with bunting and union jacks and awash with police and the world's media. Interviews are taking place on every street corner. European TV is just as fascinated with the historic event as the American networks are. The Spanish and Portuguese have arrived in force. Today troops and carriages were rehearsing the two-mile long open carriage ride Harry and Meghan will take after the ceremony in St. George's Chapel.

Security is costing millions. Police with submachine guns are guarding the castle, others are checking drain covers, patrolling on horseback and keeping an eye out for known royal stalkers. There are undercover officers and dog handlers and goodness- knows-what else. In the background, special forces are on alert and RAF fighters are standing by on distant airfields.

So what's our role in Harry and Meghan's wedding as Christian Scientists? It seems to me that we can affirm that their happy day can only enjoy un-invade-able harmony, knowing as Mary Baker Eddy notes: "Nothing can interfere with the harmony of being."

Moreover, Eddy's assertion that "God is everywhere and nothing apart from Him is present of has power" puts paid to the aggressive suggestion that anything could mar the historic day - as do her rousing declarations that "human hate has no legitimate mandate and no kingdom" and that "clad in the panoply of Love, human hatred cannot reach you."

When thinking of everybody involved in Saturday's event, we can also recall the immensely comforting words of Psalm 121: "The Lord shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore." Not to take anything away from the huge security effort on May 19th, that's the true protection for the wedding.

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