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The Coronation - 14/05/2023

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Like I suspect many families did across the world, the four of us settled down to watch the Coronation of our new King Charles on Saturday and I was surprised by two things. Firstly, I was surprised that after the first ten minutes Kaylee and Josh were not proclaiming that “this was boring and could we turn the telly over”. They actually watched it all the way through to the end. The second thing that surprised me was how ‘Christian’ the coronation service was. With common hymns that we know being played through the anointing of the oils, and the importance of the sacrament of the Eucharist. Even our former diocesan Bishop, Michael, was standing proudly next to the monarch. The moment of seeing Charles, temporarily disrobed, and clothed in just shirt and trousers, was a startling and humbling reminder that although King, he is promising to serve. This, of course, being the same example as Jesus set for us in Mark 10. My hope is that the monarchy may continue to capture the support of our younger generations. Also, that King Charles follows in his late mother’s well-trodden footsteps of being the defender of Christianity, and as a faithful servant of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

God save the King.

Rev’d Pete Farquhar

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