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When my husband celebrated the Mass at a Tamil/American wedding this past weekend, I offered to take photos for the couple. It was an eclectic blending of traditions: A Tamil-American groom (our postulant in the Holy Catholic Church, Anglican Rite-HCCAR). An American bride. A traditional Anglican wedding from the 1928 Book of Common Prayer, officiated by Bishop Edmund Jayaraj, Bishop in our Holy Catholic Church, Anglican Rite. Below, Bishop Jayaraj’s nephew, Alfred Sturgis and Alfred’s bride, Michelle.

Alfred and his mom, Irene. Beautiful Saree.

Mass in our traditional Anglican way is said kneeling and, Ad orientem, which is Latin for “to the east.” In all of HCCAR churches, the priests celebrate Mass in the eastward direction, facing the Altar, as a deep reverence to God.

Traditional Anglican Mass, elevating the Body of Christ.

Below, Alfred, the groom, ties the thali (a necklace) in three knots around his bride’s neck, in the South Indian ancient tradition. The first knot binds the husband and wife, the second knot binds them to God, and the the third knot symbolizes their matrimony before the eyes of the society. The knots also symbolize: the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.

In the Anglican tradition, the priest ties his stole around the hands of the couple, an tradition that symbolizes the binding of the couple to each other and to God.

A lovely wedding, followed by a wonderful reception with a delicious South Indian menu.

Another blogger, blogging about Tradition is: L. Catherine Tayler, A Common Sea. I’m a sentimental person. I love nostalgia, and keep myriad pictures and other memory-provoking items in my home. I find the past, even a past I didn’t live in, to be fascinating. This longing to stay connected to the past is one of the reasons I minored in history. For more, click here.

Tomorrow is U. Unless, I finish my edits, I can’t post a blog. I better get to work!