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Charles III Will Be Crowned King of England Using Olive Oil from Jerusalem

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King Charles III and The Queen Consort (PR pic)

The Chrism oil which will be used to anoint King Charles III King of the United Kingdon of England, Scotland and Northern Ireland at his Coronation was consecrated by The Patriarch of Jerusalem and the Anglican Archbishop in Jerusalem at The Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, one of the holiest shrines in Christianity. The Coronation of The King and The Queen Consort will take place at Westminster Abbey on Saturday 6th May 2023.

The tradition of using olive oil in a coronation goes back to the Bible. The Prophet Samuel spread olive oil over the head of King David when he was crowned king. And, in fact, this is the origin of the word “Messiah.” King David was the messiah. And the word literally comes from the Hebrew word for “spread” as he had the oil spread over his head when crowned.

So, this tradition survives to this day in England. This is because of the ancient belief in the “Divine Right of Kings,” kings rule because they are God’s chosen. So, by being crowned with olive oil in a ceremony consecrated by the Church of England Charles will be assuming a role ordained by God himself.

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The olives for King Charles’ coronation were pressed just outside Bethlehem. The oil has been perfumed with essential oils – sesame, rose, jasmine, cinnamon, neroli, benzoin and amber – as well as orange blossom.

The Olive oil to be used in the coronation of King Charles was made with olives harvested from two groves on the Mount of Olives at the Monastery of Mary Magdalene and the Monastery of the Ascension. The Monastery of Mary Magdalene is the burial place of King Charles’ paternal grandmother, Princess Alice of Greece.

The Coronation oil is based on the oil used at the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, more than seventy years ago, the formula of which has been used for hundreds of years.

It will also be used for the anointing of “Her Majesty the Queen Consort,” Camilla Parker Bowles, King Charles’ second wife.

The Archbishop of Canterbury thanked the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem for assisting in all of this saying, “I am honored and grateful that His Beatitude Patriarch Theophilos III and Archbishop Hosam Naoum have consecrated the oil that will be used to anoint His Majesty The King. I want to thank especially His Beatitude for providing this Coronation Oil, which reflects The King’s personal family connection with the Holy Land and his great care for its peoples. I am also delighted that the Anglican Archbishop in Jerusalem shared in the consecration of the oil.”

“Since beginning the planning for the Coronation, my desire has been for a new Coronation Oil to be produced using olive oil from the Mount of Olives. This demonstrates the deep historic link between the Coronation, the Bible and the Holy Land. From ancient kings through to the present day, monarchs have been anointed with oil from this sacred place. As we prepare to anoint The King and The Queen Consort, I pray that they would be guided and strengthened by the Holy Spirit.”

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