The video of Jill’s and Kevin’s wedding processional went viral just a few days ago. Nearly 7 million views on YouTube; 35,000 comments; countless hyperlinks posted on Facebook.
The only controversy is the choice of artist – Chris Brown. Without that, the comments are universally ecstatic. People around the world are taken by the couple’s original expression of joy, love, and delightful goofiness. A sense of humor probably being one of the foundations of successful relationships. It ought to be reflected in liturgy.
It reminds us that selig means both blessed and silly. It is an example of how irreverence can be more reverent than canned piety. Not articulated in the YouTube posts is how this is one couple’s public liturgical statement on how their union will be supported in the community of friends. Had this been left in the hands of liturgical experts it would have been one more wedding procession to Purcell on the organ. Meaningless, without soul or spirit.
Good on the Lutheran pastor who let them run with this one. Good on the organist who wasn’t an idealog about what was appropriate in “his” church.
…next post…some thoughts on liturgical dance.