On Saturday 4th May it was a real joy to travel north to the little village of Frayssinet for the marriage of James Partridge and Zoe Ramsey. James and Zoe were joined by many family and friends from the UK and from France to celebrate with them. As is a requirement in France, the couple were first married at the mairie and afterwards made their way up the hill to the little church of St Pierre.
As part of their service the couple chose the beautiful reading below from The Song of Solomon which speaks not only of the immense love that people are able to feel for one another but also, like much Jewish writing, serves to illustrate the strong and passionate love that God also has for each of us. Something we can all benefit from being reminded of.
We wish James and Zoe a very happy and blessed married life together
- may the fourth be with them!
Song of Solomon 2:10-13 & 8:6-7
My beloved speaks and says to me: “Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away; for now the winter is past, the rain is over and gone. The flowers appear on the earth; the time of singing has come, and the voice of the turtledove is heard in our land. The fig tree puts forth its figs, and the vines are in blossom; they give forth fragrance. Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away
Set me as a seal upon your heart, as a seal upon your arm; for love is strong as death, passion fierce as the grave. Its flashes are flashes of fire, a raging flame. Many waters cannot quench love, neither can floods drown it. If one offered for love all the wealth of one’s house, it would be utterly scorned