Black bishop, first to head the Episcopal Church, to speak at Royal Wedding
During the much-anticipated Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, on Saturday, The Most Reverend Bishop Michael Bruce Curry, the first African-American head of the American Episcopal Church, will address those in attendance at the Windsor Castle ceremony.
Kensington Palace confirmed it on Saturday on Twitter:
Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle have asked that The Most Reverend Michael Bruce Curry, the 27th Presiding Bishop and Primate of The Episcopal Church, give the address at their wedding : https://t.co/a14L7JGcAd #RoyalWedding pic.twitter.com/njqCaN55Gr
— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) May 12, 2018
The 65-year-old Curry, a native of Chicago, is one of the country’s most senior ministers. He was elected as bishop of North Carolina in 2000 and was installed as presiding bishop and primate of the Episcopalian Church in 2015. In his 2015 autobiography, Songs My Grandma Sang, Curry reveals that his family are descended from slaves and sharecroppers in North Carolina and Alabama.
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According to The Guardian, the Royal couple has yet to meet Curry, credited with shaking up the face of Episcopalianism. He presides over 1.8 million members of the Christian community that has historically been home to the nation’s business and political elite.
“The love that has brought and will bind Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle together,” he said in a statement, “has its source and origin in God, and is the key to life and happiness.”
The wedding will take place on Saturday, May 19.
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