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Sunday 17th June 2012
Jubilate Jubilate Jubilate!!
Diamond Jubilee Year of Queen Elizabeth II Crowned 2nd June 1953
In the light of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations I couldn’t help pointing out the coincidence between part of today’s First Reading and our own experience of the coronation of her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II:
“Jesse made seven of his sons pass before Samuel, and Samuel said to Jesse, "The Lord has not chosen any of these." Samuel said to Jesse, "Are all your sons here?" And he said, "There remains yet the youngest, but he is keeping the sheep." And Samuel said to Jesse, "Send and bring him; for we will not sit down until he comes here." He sent and brought him in. Now he was ruddy, and had beautiful eyes, and was handsome. The Lord said, "Rise and anoint him; for this is the one." Then Samuel took the horn of oil, and anointed him in the presence of his brothers; and the spirit of the Lord came mightily upon David from that day forward.” (1 Samuel 15:34-16:13)
Ours may go like this:
Britons and the Commonwealth saw all the royals pass before the throne……….But the Lord has not chosen any of these.
The Archbishop of Canterbury said: Are these all the heirs you have for the throne of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth?
And all the people responded:
“There is another one. But she is only a young girl. She got married not too long ago. She is not even around. She is gone into the wild.”
“What do you mean into the wild?”
“She and her husband are on Safari in Kenya, Africa.
The Lord said: bring her home; anoint Her”
Out of Kenya and Africa, young Elizabeth was flown back home to Britain,
The Lord said, "Rise and anoint her; for this is the one."
Elizabeth was immediately enthroned, crowned and anointed with Holy Oil in the presence of more than 8,000 guests and the spirit of the Lord came mightily upon Elizabeth from that day forward.” She took the Coronation Oath and is now bound to serve her people and to maintain the laws of God. After handing her the four symbols of authority - the orb, the sceptre, the rod of mercy and the royal ring of sapphire and rubies - the Archbishop of Canterbury placed St Edward's Crown on her head to complete the ceremony.