Author: Mark Woods, 2 May 2023
The funeral of Queen Elizabeth II was the largest public Scripture event in history, with millions of people around the world hearing words of Scripture said and sung. The coronation of King Charles III may well be the second largest.
While leaders of different faiths will be part of the procession into Westminster Abbey and will join in greeting the King at the end of the service, it will be a thoroughly Christian event, led by the Archbishop of Canterbury and with Bible words threaded through it from beginning to end.
Not everyone who watches or listens to the coronation will pick up all these references. But Bible Society found in our research after the funeral of Queen Elizabeth that many people found the use of the Bible helpful, and that very few found them alienating or out of place. The King's coronation is another way in which the Bible can speak into the life of the nation.