In withholding the possibility of a blessing ceremony in our own consecrated places of worship, overseen by our own priest and in the presence of our Christian brothers and sisters, the Anglican Communion, The Catholic Church and others, are essentially cursing us in the name of God.Pastoral, Bishops? Really?
This sounds very harsh and I am quite certain that many will vehemently challenge my understanding of the situation. But, from our perspective everything that is denied expression in the Light of Christ is forced outside that Light and into the darkness. Above all BP and I want to walk in the Light. Consequently we are very unlikely to take up the opportunity for civil marriage but would leap at the chance of a blessing in our own church.
We are not young and anyway due to health issues we have had to recognise that this year is the time to take out the 'bucket list' and get on with it. If only it could include with reasonable expectation of achievement, the blessing of our special and precious relationship in the presence of God.
The anguish is heartbreaking.