Bishop Peter has echoed a similar call from the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales. He said: “I was honoured and delighted to accompany Cardinal Vincent Nichols to Buckingham Palace for the presentation of Loyal Addresses. As we all prepare for the ceremonial and festivities of the coronation let us be united in keeping the sovereign at the heart of our prayer. God Save the King.”
The suggested format is as follows:
A Triduum of Prayer (from Wednesday May 3 to Friday May 5) for the King’s intentions as he prepares to assume the fulness of his responsibility. The format can be decided by each parish/community.
On the evening of Friday May 5, a Mass for the intentions of His Majesty should be celebrated.
On Sunday May 7, the day after the Coronation, the Prayer of the Faithful should include a Petition of Intercession for the King.
Domine salvum fac (in English or Latin) and/or the National Anthem should be sung at the end of Mass.
The Presidents of Churches Together in England, including Cardinal Vincent, are also encouraging Christians to join in a period of prayer leading up to the Coronation, ‘a moment of great importance and joy for this nation. As Presidents of CTE, we invite Christians from all traditions to join together in a period of daily prayer, for both the King and the nation.’
The Cardinal prays: “May God bless His Majesty the King and Her Majesty the Queen Consort, preserve them both in health of mind and body and grant them every grace and blessing now and for the years to come.
“As we look towards the Coronation Day, which will be marked with joy and celebration across our nations and the Commonwealth, let us commend King Charles and Queen Camilla to our Heavenly Father, that he may sustain them in their duties all the days of their lives.”
Pictured above are King Charles and Queen Consort Camilla. Picture by Chris Jackson.