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God save the king

I urge, then, first of all, 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. This is good, and pleases God our Saviour, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. 1 Timothy 2. 1-4

Whether you are monarchist or republican, the coronation of Charles III is important because the occasion is a once-in-a-generation expression of who we are as a nation. At the heart of today's event is a church service. The Dean of Westminster has promised that it will be "jaw-dropping". We have also been informed that it will be inclusive of other faiths, the aim being to recognise the multiculturalism to which Britain aspires. Even more controversial is the paying of homage. We are assured that this will be voluntary and has been included in order to embrace those of us who are participating virtually, through our TVs and other social media.

Everything will revolve around two human beings - Charles and Camilla - who stand before God and before the family of nations they will promise to serve for the well-being of all, including the environment and the creatures with whom we share our earthly home. That is why our greatest and most necessary contribution will be to pray: God save the king - and queen!



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