Maywood Native’s Sermon On Love Is ‘Surprise Star’ At Royal Wedding

Saturday, May 19, 2018 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews 

Featured image: Bishop Michael Curry, a Maywood native, at the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on Saturday. | Screenshot of New York Times video 

“There’s power in love,” was the refrain during Bishop Michael Curry’s address during the wedding ceremony of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, held Saturday morning.

Curry — the first African American presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church (an affiliate of the Church of England) — brought a little bit of his roots with him to England. Curry was baptized at St. Simon of Cyrene Church in Maywood and born here before moving to New York.

According to his autobiography, Curry, 65, is a descendant of slaves and sharecroppers in North Carolina and Alabama.

The bishop’s sermon on Saturday — laced with references to Martin Luther King and even slavery, and delivered in the syncopated, rhythmic style of the African American church — was described by the New York Times as the royal wedding’s “surprise biggest star.”

Curry “delivered a searing, soaring 13-minute speech, imploring Christians to put love at the center of their spiritual and political lives,” the New York Times reported. “Until that moment, the ceremony had been quite staid, stuffy even, with only the mention of ‘sexual union’ to keep us on our toes.”

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A screenshot of New York Times video showing Bishop Michael Curry’s address at the royal wedding on Saturday. | New York Times 

“The late Dr. Martin Luther King once said, and I quote: we must discover the power of love, the redemptive power of love, and when we do that we will make of this old world a new world. For love is the only way,” Curry said, before later speaking on slavery.

“I’m talking about some power, real power. Power to change the world. If you don’t believe me, well, there were some old slaves in America’s antebellum south who explained the dynamic power of love and why it has the power to transform. They explained it this way. They sang a spiritual, even in the midst of their captivity, it’s one that says there’s a balm in Gilead. A healing balm, something that can makes things right.”

An NBC news report noted that Curry’s address, delivered “to an audience that represents the heart of the British establishment,” left some of “those gathered apparently amused, surprised or delighted.”

And Teen Vogue compiled some of the best Twitter reactions to Curry’s address. But tweets below a CNN tweet of the address indicated that not everyone was a fan of the address, with at least one person noting that it “was completely out of place.”

The criticisms, however, don’t seem to have overshadowed the praise for Curry’s lyrical address, with one Twitter user summing up many people’s opinions about the sermon.

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2 thoughts on “Maywood Native’s Sermon On Love Is ‘Surprise Star’ At Royal Wedding”

  1. My grandmother Mable Simpson was a member at St Simon Episcopal Church located at 110 South 13th Avenue = Maywood Illinois. I was not a member but attended everything St Simon had because of my grandmother. During the mid to late 1940’s a young priest named “Father Curry” became the Rector at St Simons. Father Curry was single at the time and during his tenure there he married his wife (she was not from Maywood) and they produced a son “BISHOP MICHAEL CURRY”. Soon after Father was transferred to another church. As soon as I saw Michael on TV this morning – I remembered his father.


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