There was a wedding

The guests had arrived, the horses had pulled the bridal carriage to church, Pachelbel’s Canon began and the wedding procession began its journey up the aisle. Hannah and Josiah’s wedding had begun.

Both bride and groom are teachers, and both teach in local secondary schools, so as well as having guests from outside Manchester, the wedding had a local, community, feel.

We sang out

Guide me O thou great Redeemer,

Father Lord of all Creation

and Love divine all loves excelling. And didn’t we sing! Many of the congregation were good singers and the church was filled with music.

Hannah has come to mass at St Chrysostom’s for several years and her parents are known to us through coming and supporting us from time to time.

So this was a special day for our church too, and among Josiah and Hannah’s family and friends it was good to see members of the congregation too.

It was a special wedding with appropriate sincerity and a light touch too. It was enriched by the participation of friends and family in the preparation, the arranging of flowers, in playing the organ as well as in the liturgy itself – in the Bible readings and in the leading of the prayers.And then there were the bridesmaids and ushers – six bridesmaids, and six ushers made quite a large procession in, and to keep him in order Josiah needed two best men.

The horses were wonderful and patient, and as they waited outside a certain young Blackburn Rovers supporter sneaked into the carriage while everyone else was inside!

CONGRATULATIONS! to Hannah and Josiah, and we wish them a happy married life together.


About stchrysostoms

St Chrysostom’s is an Anglican (Church of England) parish church in Manchester, UK. We’re an inclusive, diverse and welcoming faith community rejoicing in our Anglo Catholic tradition, where people of many differing backgrounds make friends. Find our Facebook group at
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