Following his much-discussed sermon at the royal wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex in Windsor on Saturday, 19 May, Bishop Michael Curry has spoken out about the moment he became convinced their union was destined to be a long and happy one.
Speaking to publication US Weekly the Chicago-based minister said that “I remember thinking after the sermon, once I preached the sermon, I said, ‘These two people love each other.’ They look at each other and their love brought the rest of us together.”
Though Curry admits he didn’t spend a significant amount of time alone with Harry and Meghan before taking the podium and delivering his rousing sermon, it did not stop him from focusing his words on the impact that their relationship has had on people around the world.
“Their love for each other brought two countries together, in Great Britain and the United States. They brought people of different religious perspectives and different religions together. They brought people of different political persuasions, people of different sexual orientations, people of different classes, people of different races, people of different nations. Their love, even if it was just for a few moments, showed us the power of what unselfish love that gives itself to another can actually do.”
Curry revealed that though the bride and groom chose the scripture passage for their ceremony, he was given “free rein” for his speech in St. George’s Chapel. He had no idea, however, how much of a reaction his words and delivery would elicit. “I honestly didn’t know what reaction there was to the sermon for almost 24 hours, because I had gone to a service. I didn’t know the sermon connected. I really didn’t. I’d say what surprised me, but in a hopeful way, for some reason the message of love resonated, which tells me we all are longing not only to be loved but to actually be people of love.”