The upper portion of Westminster Abbey The coronation of King Charles took place at Westminster Abbey on May 6, making him the 40th British monarch and the oldest person to ascend to the British throne. The coronation event consisted of Bible readings, hymns and a liturgy highlighting Jesus’ call to service. The Most Rev. Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury, crowned King Charles by placing the St. Edward’s Crown on his head. The coronation of Queen Camilla also took place and both of them were anointed by oil consecrated at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. During the ceremony, the king took the oath to “maintain the Laws of God and the true profession of the Gospel” while performing his duty as the monarch. The sermon delivered by the Archbishop of Canterbury highlighted the coronation’s theme, ‘Called to Serve,” while he used Colossians 1:9-17 and Luke 4:16-21 as references. He said, “We are here to crown a King, and we crown a King to serve.”
Christian Today reports:
King Charles III today became the 40th reigning monarch to be crowned at Westminster Abbey in a service interspersed with hymns, Bible readings and a liturgy underpinned by Christ’s call to serve.
At his historic coronation, watched by millions around the world and over 2,000 guests inside the abbey, the St Edward’s Crown was placed on his head by the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Rev Justin Welby.
He was crowned alongside Queen Camilla, with the pair being anointed by oil that was consecrated at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem.
Thousands braved wet and grey conditions in London to catch a glimpse of the King and Queen as they made their way to the abbey in the horse-drawn Diamond Jubilee State Coach.
During the service, King Charles swore to do everything in his power to “maintain the Laws of God and the true profession of the Gospel” in his governance of the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland, and his realms and territories.
The theme of the coronation, ‘Called to Serve’, was reflected in the sermon of the Archbishop of Canterbury, who preached from Colossians 1:9-17 and Luke 4:16-21.
In his sermon, the Archbishop called service “love in action” and spoke about the humility of Christ, who although being the King of Kings, “put aside all privilege” for the cross and a crown of thorns.
“We are here to crown a King, and we crown a King to serve,” he said.
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