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Well over a quarter of a billion people were estimated to be in the audience as the gospel was shared on live TV Saturday. Whether or not they expected it is another thing entirely.
Saturday was the coronation of King Charles III, who took over as monarch after the death of his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, in September. Her funeral was watched by up to 4 billion people, according to National World.
A coronation is, of course, an event deeply steeped in history — and that history long predates the mostly secular U.K., where the decline of Christianity largely mirrors that of Europe and most of the West.
So imagine the shock of an estimated 350 million people when they tuned in to an event where the gospel was featured prominently.
The coronation was officiated by Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby. The liturgy for the service was released beforehand, and it’s enough to make Richard Dawkins and the folks at the Freedom from Religion Foundation shudder.
Take, for instance, the archbishop’s greeting at the beginning of the ceremony: “The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you.”
“Alleluia. Christ is risen,” the archbishop continued. The congregation’s response? “He is risen indeed. Alleluia.”
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