On a day where royalty, celebrities and of course Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were all expected to draw the attention of the world, one preacher emerged with a message relatable for the hundreds of guests in attendance and millions watching live across the globe.
No one could deny the palpable emotion at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle on Saturday as Bishop Michael Bruce Curry delivered a passionate message just before Prince Harry and Meghan Markle said “I do.”
After opening remarks by the Dean of Windsor, David Conner and others, Bishop Michael Bruce Curry, 65, from Chicago, Illinois, burst with energy as he spoke of love, American slavery and even quoted Martin Luther King Jr.
Several members of the royal family sported priceless expressions as they listened to the American reverend speak boldly at the ceremony. Naturally, members of the Twittersphere were quick to notice the royal reactions.
“There’s power in love. Do not underestimate it. Anyone who has ever fallen in love knows what I mean,” he began.
“When love is the way, we actually treat each other, well, like we are actually family. When love is the way, we know that god is the source for us all, that we are brothers and sisters, children of God.
“My brothers and sisters that’s a new heaven, a new earth, a new world, a new human family,” He said. “Jesus began the most revolutionary movement in human history, grounded in the unconditional love of God for the world.”
He said: ‘Imagine a world where love is the way. Imagine our homes and families where love is the way Imagine neighourhoods and communities where love is the way. Imagine governments and nations where love is the way. Imagine businesses and commerce where love is the way, and this tired old world where love is the way.’
“With this, I’ll sit down,” he told the couple as he began wrap up his speech: “We gotta get y’all married.”
His style earned him plaudits on social media, including from Labour MPs David Lammy and Ed Miliband, who paid tribute on Twitter.
Millions of people heard the hymn ‘Lord of all hopefulness’ by Jan Struther – herself a lukewarm believer at best, but catching something something profound about Christ’s loving involvement in every part of our lives.
They heard the great words of ‘Guide me, O thou great Redeemer’, evoking the presence of God in the dark and barren wilderness times – and both Harry and Meghan have known some of those themselves.
They heard the Coptic Archbishop Angaelos and Rose Hudson-Wilkin pray for God’s blessing on the couple, asking that ‘their marriage be long and life-giving, enriched by your presence and strengthened by your grace’, and that they ‘discern in your word order and purpose for their lives’.
Many on Twitter praised Bishop Michael Curry, with one person tweeting, “This preacher is going to win the internet today.”
The bishop — who wrote the bestselling book ‘Crazy Christians: A Call to Follow Jesus’ — made the address relatable for the hundreds of guests in attendance and millions watching live across the globe.