At that service, the Queen was crowned by the Archbishop of Canterbury, who put to her the following questions:
Archbishop: Will you to your power cause Law and Justice, in Mercy, to be executed in all your judgements?That explains a lot about the Queen - not least, her Christmas messages, which of late have been the best public evangelistic messages at that time of year.
Queen: I will.
Archbishop: Will you to the utmost of your power maintain the Laws of God and the true profession of the Gospel? Will you to the utmost of your power maintain in the United Kingdom the Protestant Reformed Religion established by law? Will you maintain and preserve inviolably the settlement of the Church of England, and the doctrine, worship, discipline, and government thereof, as by law established in England? And will you preserve unto the Bishops and Clergy of England, and to the Churches there committed to their charge, all such rights and privileges, as by law do or shall appertain to them or any of them?
Queen: All this I promise to do.
I do find myself wondering, though, at judges who say that Christianity has no special place in our laws. I also find myself wondering, however, at what will be the nature of the next coronation service. It is not just the past that is another country, it is that country of which Elizabeth was crowned Queen which is now 'another country'.
The connection with Palm Sunday? Christ is the true King, and all earthly rule either descends legitimately from him or eventually usurps itself against him.
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