Saturday, May 6, 2023

An Eighth Sacrament?

Coronation of William I

Coronation of Elizabeth II

From Charles Coulombe at One Peter Five:

The anointing was the most sacred part of the Catholic coronation rite – even more than the placing of the crown upon the new Monarch’s head. This was so when Bl. Karl was crowned King of Hungary in 1916, when Ferdinand of Austria was crowned King of Bohemia in 1838 and King of Lombardy-Venetia in 1836, when Charles X received the French Crown in 1830, and when Franz II was crowned Holy Roman Emperor in 1792 – all the way back through successive Emperors and Kings to the early Middle Ages. It was seen as a renewal of the rite performed by Samuel for King David. This was an important sign and more than symbol for our Catholic ancestors. For them, Kingship was participation in the Kingship of Christ – which participation was actualised by the coronation, which gave the Monarch authority to rule. The anointing for most Monarchs was done with the oil of catechumens; but by Papal permission, those of France, England, Scotland, Sicily, and Jerusalem were done with chrism. In a word, the oil being prepared for King Charles – although blessed by a Greek Orthodox Patriarch for an Anglican rite – is what it is because of the Popes – not unlike the King’s title of “Defender of the Faith.”

Charles III’s coronation will follow the same basic structure and use most of the words and prayers of its Catholic prototype. The individual called “Archbishop of Canterbury” to-day will officiate, in emulation of those prelates in Catholic times. In every Catholic realm, it was the Primate – Canterbury in England, Reims in France, Toledo in Castile, etc., that performed the rite, as the highest cleric in the country; but to the Pope was reserved the coronation of the Holy Roman Emperor in Rome – just as, on a few occasions, they had crowned the Byzantine Emperor while visiting Constantinople. (Read more.)


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