A royal anointing
On Saturday, King Charles III will be anointed. In the UK, anointing monarchs with oil probably began with King Edgar’s coronation in 973. But much earlier than that, the Old Testament describes the royal anointing of Saul, David, Solomon and Jehu. So what might this ancient sacrament mean?
First, it indicates that King Charles is being set apart for a particular purpose and, like Jesus himself, whose very title ‘Messiah/Christ’ means ‘anointed one’, that he’ll be set apart not to be served but to serve. As Archbishop Justin makes the sign of the cross in oil on the new king’s hands, chest and head, the sacredness of this calling will be underlined. But in this intimate moment we find too a promise of divine nurture. As the Holy Spirit is invited, the soothing balm on his skin will also reassure him that, though human and fragile, he is not alone but held close by God for the task ahead.
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