Sunday, December 2, 2007

For the Beautiful Bride to Be

Congratulations to Beth and Yannis on their upcoming nuptials!
Yesterday I had the priviledge of helping throw a bridal shower for Elisabeth Hupp. For those of you who were there, you may remember that she was the maid of honor in ny Wedding two-and-a-half years ago (wow, it has been a while! :) ). We had a lovely afternon complete with high tea, lots of family and friends, and lots of presents! You can see a picture of some of the (mostly) homemade goodies above.
It is such a beautiful thing to see such a loving and good relationship, like the one that Beth and Yannis have. It is encouraging for those already married, and brings hope to those who have not yet come to that point in life. In honor of Beth and Yannis, I will post the Orthodox prayer for married couples:
"O merciful God, we beseech thee ever to remind us that the married state is holy, and that we must keep it so; grant us thy grace, that we may continue in faithfulness and love; increase in us the spirit of mutual understanding and trust, that no quarrel or strife may come between us; grant us thy blessings, that we may ever stand before our fellows and in thy sight as an ideal family; and finally, by thy mercy, accout us worthy of everlasting life: for thou art our sanctification, and to thee we ascribe glory: to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: now and ever and unto ages of ages. Amen."

May God gant you many years!

1 comment:

Elisabeth Hupp said...


Thanks again for helping in the spoiling of me.

I must deny the "good relationship" point; though your kind comments make me smile :). I am sad so few from St. Michael have had a chance to get to know Yiannis better, and believe me, if you did know him, he would also confirm that our relationship is not a good one!

We try, but we have a long, long ways to go before we reach such a state.

The prayer is a nice one. Jen Hudson encouraged me to be praying this everyday of our married life, and I think I will have to pass on the suggestion to Yiannis. It is a prayer he is not yet familiar with.

With Love and prayers, Elisabeth