The criteria for becoming a wedding officiant must be fairly wide and generous. I have attended a wedding or two recently that have been conducted by an individual acting as the civil servant to make things ‘legal’. These individuals have come with their own ‘unique’ way of doing a wedding. This, of course, is outside the realms of ‘church’ and ‘religion’, so much so as to be on the bizarre side.
This, of course, is an observation from the standpoint of one (namely me) who has entered into the world of baptisms, weddings and funerals. From where I stand, these people perform a service and it saddens and troubles me that God is absent in those moments when two hearts are being joined to become a unit and, in future, will raise a family. That leads to another issue…a generation that will be completely unaware of church or maybe religion for that matter.
We, as society, have missed something I think. I am not sure what can be done about it. What I do know is that in my family circle, I will always try to bring the grace and love of God to our life events. I pray that my example and my faith may be enough to at least have them think about it.
And now I sit and wonder what this all means in the grander scheme of things… where are we all going to end up? I have a new generation that is on the way and I have to wonder what it will all mean to him or her?
As a final aside, I have looked at length to see what one has to do to become licensed by the Province of Ontario to become a registered officiant. Well, it is still a mystery to me. I will let you know when/if I find out.