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Thursday, 23 October 2014

Casablanca Nuptials

It is not often that I have a chance to preside at weddings any more. However, my recent pastoral visit to St John the Evangelist Church in Casablanca was going to coincide with the marriage of two parishioners. The priest-in-charge, the Revd Canon Dr Medhat Sabry, thus arranged that I should preside at the nuptial ceremony on Saturday 18th of October. It was a very happy occasion, and the first marriage celebrated in St John's for about 16 years!

St John's is a very international Church. The bride and groom, Helen and Rahim, are from Nigeria and Liberia respectively. The Churchwardens of the parish, John and Angie, who were on hand to help with the bride's and the groom's parties, are from the USA and the Philippines. Together with the priest-in-charge who is Egyptian and I as a Scottish-Burmese-Canadian, it was a global event.

Churchwarden John Peterson (2nd from right) greets the groom's men
Churchwarden Angie Bermudez (right) organises the bridal party
The service of Holy Matrimony followed a civil ceremony which is required by law in Morocco.

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