Thursday, 17 May 2012

An Unexpected Visitor

We were blessed with a very special appearance today as the Queen herself joined us for our morning thought!
Ok, not quite...

We have been looking at the theme of 'priesthood' that features throughout the Bible and how it ties into the parallel role of sovereign leadership. That both are ultimately brought together in Jesus through whom we are then enrolled into the Royal Priesthood.
So why is Rachel dressed up?
Well, we took a timely look at the words used in the coronation (re-enacting it for the visual learners) and were encouraged at the Biblical imagery used and the emphasis put on the Christian faith in the role of our monarch.

Presentation of the Holy Bible
Our Gracious Queen, to keep your majesty ever mindful of the law and Gospel of God as the rule for your whole life and government of princes, we present you with this book - the most valuable thing that this world affords, here is wisdom; this is the royal the royal law; these are the living oracles of God.
Presentation of the Royal Robe
Receive this imperial robe, and the Lord God give you all knowledge and wisdom with majesty and power from on high; the Lord clothe you with the robe of righteousness and the garments of salvation.
Presentation of the Orb
Receive this orb set under the cross and remember that the whole world is subject to the power and empire of Christ our redeemer.
Presentation of the Sceptre
Receive the royal sceptre, the sign of kingly power and justice. Be merciful, execute justice but do not forget mercy. Judge the wicked, protect and cherish the just and lead your people in the way they should go.
Presentation of the Crown
O God the crown of the faithful - bless this crown and so bless your servant upon whose head you do place it as a sign of royal majesty; may she be blessed with your abundant grace and with all princely virtues. Through the King eternal Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen.

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