Prince Harry and Meghan Markle had a wedding for the ages. Every last detail was whimsical, meticulously thought out, and what fairytale love stories are made out of. There was one ceremony detail, though, that stole the show, and that’s Bishop Curry’s sermon. Read on for a look at why Bishop Curry was such a smash hit.
1. Who is Bishop Michael Curry?
Curry was born in 1953 to two parents who were both descendants of slaves. He was born in a suburb just west of Chicago called Maywood, Illinois, and attended public schools in Buffalo, New York. He graduated with high honors from Hobart College, and earned a Master of Divinity degree from Yale Divinity School.
Today, he is the 27th presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church, and the first African American to serve in this position.
Next: The way he delivered the sermon blew people away.
2. His gusto
What initially blew everyone away about Curry’s sermon wasn’t the words themselves but how he said them. He spoke with such passion and gusto that members of the British royal family looked almost taken aback (or, like they were trying to stifle laughter). He was loud, he was impassioned, he was so unlike a British person.
Next: The priceless Dr. Martin Luther King quote he shared
3. He quoted Dr. Martin Luther King
Fitting a Martin Luther King quote into a royal wedding isn’t the easiest task, but Curry did so seamlessly.
“We must discover the power of love, the redemptive power of love and when we do that we will make of this old world a new world,” he said, quoting King.
Next: He talked a lot about the power of love.
4. He preached the power of love
In addition to the power of his vocal timbre, the words he preached also carried a significant weight. “There’s power in love. Don’t underestimate it, don’t even over sentimentalize it,” he said, while Markle absolutely beamed.
Next: “The source of love is God himself.”
5. He took us on a journey
“Think about the first time you fell in love,” he asked of the audience. “The whole world seemed to center around you and your beloved. Love can help and heal and show us the way to live.” He talked a great deal about love and its power, how different forms of it can do different good in the world.
“Ultimately,” he said, “the source of love is God himself.”
Next: Medieval poetry
6. He quoted medieval poetry
In addition to slipping a King quote into the sermon, Curry also managed to quote a medieval poem. “Where true love is found, God himself is there,” he preached.
He followed the line up with how the New Testament phrases the same sentiment: “Beloved, let us love one another because love is of God and those who love are born of God and know God, those who do not love do not know God. Why? For God is love.”
Next: The royals could barely keep it together.
7. The royal reactions
One of the best parts of Curry’s sermon has to be the reactions of the royals. While Markle listened in awe, her new royal family did their very best not to laugh, or crack an inappropriate smile.
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