God Save the King
Halley’s Comet becomes visible from the earth every 75-79 years, and we might now place the Coronation in the same category as this weekend’s crowning of King Charles III is 70 years after Elizabeth II was crowned. Halley’s comet may look similar every time it is seen by the naked eye but there are going to be some notable changes in Charles’ coronation compared to his mother’s.
For the first time: a hymn will be sung in Welsh, Scottish Gaelic, and Irish Gaelic; women bishops will play a role in the service; and there will be a ‘Homage of the People’, inviting those watching and listening at home and elsewhere to pledge their allegiance to the King.
While the oaths to be taken will retain their Protestant pledge, the Archbishop of Canterbury will contextualize them to reflect today’s contemporary, multi-faith Britain. Members of the Jewish, Hindu, Sikh, Muslim, and Buddhist communities will also be among the peers presenting the Regalia to the King.
Among all the changes of this coronation, one thing remains constant for the Christian observer: that ‘petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people – for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.’ (1 Timothy 2:1-2 NIVUK). So, join me in a prayer for the king:
Almighty God, King of kings and Lord of lords, we pray for King Charles at his coronation. Thank you for a monarch who describes his faith as deeply rooted. May those roots grow deeper and produce fruit for your honour and glory. Help him to protect the rights of Christians to live in peace and to worship you freely. In Jesus’s name, we pray, Amen.
In Christian love,
About the Writer:
Barry Robinson is a Regional Pastor for Southern England