By Frederick H. Lowe
Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Michael B. Curry, the first African American in church history to hold the post, will preach at Saturday’s wedding of Prince Harry of Wales and U.S. actress Meghan Markle who is African American.
Prince Harry, grandson of Queen Elizabeth and sixth in line to the throne, and Markle invited Curry to preach at the wedding ceremony which will take place at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle on Saturday, May 19, according to the Anglican Communion News Service. The ceremony will broadcast around the world. Markle is 36 and Prince Harry is 33.
The service will be conducted by Dean of Windsor, David Conner. Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby will officiate.
Presiding Bishop Curry is expected to talk about what he calls the Jesus Movement.
“The love that has brought and will bind Prince Harry and Ms Meghan Markle together has its source and origin in God and is he key to life and happiness,” Curry said. “And so, we celebrate and pray for them today.”
Curry, a native of Maywood, Illinois, a Chicago suburb, was installed as the 27th Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church during a ceremony in 2015 attended by 2,500 people at Washington, D.C.’s National Cathedral. The Episcopal Church is considered the nation’s most powerful in large part because of its wealthy members.
He will serve as Presiding Bishop for 11 years.