Why we still anoint our kings and queens

The other night we watched the Time Team special “The Secrets of Westminster Abbey”. Tony Robinson described the intertwining of politics religion and royalty surrounding the Abbey from Edward the Confessor to the funeral of Princess Diana.

Tony Robinson described how the Cosmati pavement installed for Henry III’s coronation represented the place of the king in the universe – individually finite, but in a never-ending succession of divinely appointed rulers.

At one point Tony asked why, in a democratic society, we still anoint our monarchs – an act which symbolises appointment by God rather than choice by the people.

The Dean of Westminster very simply replied that it reminds the king (or queen) that he (or she) is answerable to God, as are we all.

Thank God for a plain-speaking clergyman!

Steven — Posted with WordPress for BlackBerry.

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My wife Elizabeth and I were commissioned as Officers (ministers) in The Salvation Army in 1997, and have served in appointments in England and Scotland. Since July 2016 I have been working in The Salvation Army's Scotland Office as combined parliamentary and ecumenical representative.
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