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  • Writer's pictureDebbie Thrower

Warm congratulations to King Charles III and Queen Camilla as focus shifts to volunteers

Updated: May 12, 2023

Services of celebration have been held throughout Great Britain for the Coronation. This eye-catching centrepiece took pride of place at our own local service in a Hampshire village. It was knitted and carefully crafted by the rector’s mother.

Meanwhile, Anna Chaplains were also marking the occasion at care homes. Joan Grenfell, Anna Chaplain in Jesmond, Newcastle said: ‘These are photos of a service of the word, focusing on the Coronation which I did in my two care homes prior to the Coronation.

‘I shared some information about the crowns which would be used and about the orb and sceptre.

‘I read the account in 1 Kings, of the anointing of King Solomon by Zadok the Priest and explained that this is where the anointing of the monarch comes from.

‘We sang and listened to the two hymns which were to be sung at the service and I offered prayers for the King, Queen Consort and members of the Royal Family from the Church of England Book of Daily Prayers for the Coronation.

‘Afterwards, we all shared memories of the Queen’s Coronation.

‘It was a last-minute idea I had, but I am so glad I went with my thinking because it proved to have been the right thing to do.

‘I think we all felt more connected to what we would see unfolding in Westminster Abbey.’

The Bank Holiday Monday of this remarkable celebration weekend sees a special focus on volunteering. Today we give thanks for all the Anna Chaplains and other members of our national network, including all the Anna Friends who work alongside them, for everything they do to offer comfort and spiritual care for people in later life.

God save the King!



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