Sixth Sunday after Whitsunday
II Samuel 5:1-5, 9-10
Coronations are a big deal. Nations live by them. Children sometimes dream of them.
They have existed in some form or another in almost every culture on earth. From the pacific islands to the
A coronation ceremony is the ritual placing of a crown, or the ritual placing of oil, on the head of a new ruler.
Usually a public ceremony signifying to the entire region and beyond a shift in power and leadership—a
supreme symbol of authority.
When Christianity spread throughout Europe, crowning ceremonies became more and more ornate—held in the
beauty and splendor of medieval cathedrals with a bishop to celebrate. These coronations had become so vital to
European Christianity that at one point they were known as the ‘eighth’ sacrament.
Coronations were never quite celebrated and observed in the New World. Though time and time again in the
early days of the city of Boston, King’s Chapel recited prayers of thanksgiving when a new British sovereign
ascended the throne.