LONDON (Reuters) – The sacred oil which will likely be used to anoint King Charles at his coronation in Might has been consecrated in Jerusalem, reflecting the British monarch’s hyperlinks to the Holy Land, Buckingham Palace stated on Friday.
His Beatitude Theophilos III, the Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem, and the town’s Anglican Archbishop Hosam Naoum consecrated the Chrism oil in The Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the palace stated.
The oil will likely be used to anoint Charles when he and his spouse Camilla are topped at London’s Westminster Abbey on Might 6, in what is taken into account essentially the most sacred a part of the solemn ceremony.
Historically, the oil is poured from an amplulla onto the Coronation Spoon after which the sovereign is anointed on their fingers, breast and head.
The newly consecrated oil was made utilizing olives harvested from two groves on the Mount of Olives, on the Monastery of the Ascension and the Monastery of Mary Magdalene, the burial place of Charles’ grandmother Princess Alice of Greece.
The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, who will conduct the service, stated it had been his want for the oil to be produced from the Mount of Olives since coronation planning started, and it mirrored Charles’ private household connection.
“This demonstrates the deep historic hyperlink between the coronation, the Bible and the Holy Land,” stated Welby, the non secular head of the Anglican Church. “From historic kings by means of to the current day, monarchs have been anointed with oil from this sacred place.”
The oil, perfumed with sesame, rose, jasmine, cinnamon, neroli, benzoin, and orange blossom, is predicated on that used for the coronation of the late Queen Elizabeth 70 years in the past and a method used for lots of of years, the palace stated.
(Reporting by Michael Holden; Enhancing by Angus MacSwan)