Couples gather to renew their marriage vows16 Feb 2015 By Sam Setchell
Around 50 people renewed their marriage vows in a special service at Worcester Cathedral on Valentine’s Day. This annual short celebration enabled couples to re-commit their relationship to God before they went out and enjoyed the rest of their evening together.
This year, the Bishop of Dudley, Graham Usher preached at the service. He said: “Valentine’s Day should be a day for remembering and re-making love – the romantic love as described in the Song of Soloman, but also the deeper love that has evolved when couples have been together for a little while. Love takes courage, energy, dedication and patience. It involves compassionate listening and a readiness to forgive and be forgiven. We learn that the more of ourselves that we give to the other, the more receive, the more we become our true soul mates. And as we grow together our love for each other should begin to mirror the love of God that we see in the face of Jesus; a deep, whole love that sustains every one of us.”
As well as renewing their wedding vows, couples said prayers and sang hymns that are popular at weddings, including ‘Love Divine’ and ‘Lord of all Hopefulness’.
Colette and Justin Pinfield were one of the couples at the service. Mrs Pinfield said: “The Cathedral has always been a central point in our lives and it felt right to come and renew our vows here. Justin saw the service advertised and on valentine’s morning he suggested we should go along. It was a really lovely service, bringing back memories of our wedding day and it was nice to share it with lots of other couples.”
Carol and Steve Brogan from Bromsgrove were also present. They said: “We are both Christians so it means a great deal to come to the Cathedral to renew our vows. We’ve had a tough couple of years, but have come through it and felt it was important to thank God for that. It’s been a really lovely night out.”
The Diocese of Worcester is one of 42 dioceses in the Church of England. It covers an area of 671 square miles and includes parishes in the County of Worcestershire, the Metropolitan Borough of Dudley, and a few parishes in northern Gloucestershire, south east Wolverhampton and Sandwell.
From: Sam Setchell, Press Officer for the Diocese of Worcester and the Bishop of Worcester.
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