Coronation of Charles III
“On Saturday 6 May 2023 people from all over the world will have watched on television, and other mediums, the Coronation of King Charles III as he was crowned King of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth realms. World leaders and invited guests gathered in Westminster Abbey for the Coronation Service which was conducted by the Archbishop of Canterbury. The service included many of the ceremonies at Queen Elizabeth II’s Coronation in 1953 such as the oath, anointing and enthronement. King Charles also had the crown of St Edward placed on his head, officially crowning him as monarch. He was seated in the Coronation Chair, known as Edward’s Chair, holding the sovereign’s sceptre and rod (to represent his control of the nation) and the sovereign’s orb (to represent the Christian world).
The Bible reminds us that we should pray for kings and those in authority. In his first letter to Timothy, Paul offered some instructions on worship, and he began by writing these words:
“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.”
As we pray for our King and political leaders, we are following the teaching of Scripture – but we are also committing them in the care and leading of God. In the days to come, let us unite together in prayer for our King, our political leaders and our nation. May the words of Micah define their leadership as they seek to act justly, love mercy and walk humbly with God.”
A prayer by the Rev’d Graham Thompson, President of the Methodist Conference
Heavenly King, Almighty God;
We thank you for the call that you place on the life of each disciple.
As we discern all that you desire of us, we pray for King Charles III and ask that the Coronation be a time for the nations to unite in recognising that he is called into your service and ordained to the task of leading and serving us all.
We pray too for Queen Camilla and all members of the Royal Family, asking that each fulfil their roles such that all people might flourish.
We ask this in the Name of our Servant King, Jesus.