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Oil for the coronation of Charles III dedicated to Jerusalem



LONDON — Two senior clergymen in Jerusalem have consecrated holy oil that will be used to anoint King Charles III at his coronation, as the Church of England seeks to highlight the monarchy’s long history and the royal family’s ties to the Middle East.

The oil was consecrated Friday morning at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the traditional site of Christ’s crucifixion and burial, Buckingham Palace said in a statement. The ceremony was led by His Beatitude Patriarch Theophilus III, Head of the Greek Orthodox Church of Jerusalem, and Archbishop Hosam Naoum, Anglican Archbishop of Jerusalem.

The oil was pressed from olives harvested on the Mount of Olives, which plays a prominent role in the Bible, and was flavored with sesame, rose, jasmine, cinnamon, neroli, with benzoin, amber oil and orange blossom, the palace said.

Charles’ paternal grandmother, Princess Alice of Greece, is buried at the Monastery of Mary Magdalene on the Mount of Olives.

“It demonstrates the deep historical connection between the coronation, the Bible and the Holy Land,” Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby said in the statement. “From ancient kings to the present, monarchs have been anointed with oil from this sacred place.”

Charles will be officially crowned on May 6 at Westminster Abbey in London, in a ceremony the palace says will combine elements of tradition with modern touches that highlight the changing face of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth. .

Charles became king on September 8 following the death of his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, who reigned for more than 70 years.

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