By  on May 23, 2018

The day proved remarkable, perfect, even, starting with the blue sky that framed the television coverage in storybook perfection. (The thousand-or-so-year-old turrets of Windsor Castle didn’t hurt, either.) It was a global event rich with symbolism, much of it centered on the homily of Bishop Michael Curry, head of the American Episcopal Church and instant superstar who referenced the African-American hymn “There Is a Balm in Gilead” and quoted Martin Luther King Jr. (Less noted: He also quoted the Jesuit theologian Pierre Teilhard de Chardin.) It was powerful cultural stuff yet to viewers, it felt personal: Two people in love getting married, in a service that celebrated both of their backgrounds. It was about things that most of us can relate to, to some degree: the event the realization of meticulous planning; negotiating family drama; a mother tearing up as her only child says “I do.”

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