A splash of this and a dollop of that. Images of King Charles III and the Patriarchate of Jerusalem via YouTube.
They would all sell their birthright for a mess of pottage!
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THE “slimmed down” coronation of King Charles III in May, costing more than £120,000 million, will feature a concoction of sesame, rose, jasmine, cinnamon, neroli, benzoin, and orange blossom—and a massive dose of superstitious clap-trap.
With all that’s going on the world—from current developments in Ukraine to a resurgence of Boris Johnson’s partygate scandal—I listened in disbelief today to a lengthy LBC News report about the “importance” of the “sacred” oil, consecrated this week by His Beatitude Theophilos III, the Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem, and Anglican Archbishop Hosam Naoum.
The report was excerpted from the Royal Family Channel on YouTube.
Other outlets also latched onto this Harry Potter-styled ritual, including the BBC and The Jerusalem Post which informs readers that the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby—who will conduct the service—said it had been his wish for the oil to be produced from the Mount of Olives since coronation planning began, and it reflected Charles’ personal family connection.
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.
The oil is based on a recipe used for the coronation of the late Queen Elizabeth 70 years ago and a formula used for hundreds of years, the palace said.
However, according to the BBC, this time round nothing obtained from animals will be included in the Chrism oil, as this might annoy some.
Previous versions have included civet oil, from the glands of the small mammals, and ambergris from the intestines of whales. And probably eye of newt, toe of frog, wool of bat and tongue of dog.
Traditionally, the oil is poured from an amplulla onto the Coronation Spoon and then the sovereign is anointed on their hands, breast and head.
Media outlets know, of course, that millions are besotted by the British monarchy—even digging into Charles’ eating habits—and these latest reports will sadly be regarded by fools as Important News rather than just more silly fluff about an over-privileged feather-brained twit.
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