Royal Wedding Bishop Michael Curry visits St Albans Cathedral

PUBLISHED: 16:09 22 May 2018 | UPDATED: 16:09 22 May 2018

Bishop Michael Curry with Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby. (Picture: Arun Kataria)

Bishop Michael Curry with Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby. (Picture: Arun Kataria)

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Following his memorable sermon at the Royal Wedding, Bishop Michael Curry visited St Albans with the Archbishop of Canterbury as part of a global prayer movement.

Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby with pupils due to take exams. (Picture: Arun Kataria)Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby with pupils due to take exams. (Picture: Arun Kataria)

Michael Curry, who is the presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church of the United States of America, came to St Albans Cathedral on Saturday evening, after his sermon at the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

He arrived alongside the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, who had officiated the wedding ceremony, to celebrate the ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ movement, which takes place on the eve of Pentecost Sunday (May 20).

Since the wedding of Harry and Meghan, now the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Bishop Michael has become an international sensation due to his lengthy and enthusiastic sermon.

At St Albans Cathedral, Bishop Michael and the Archbishop of Canterbury were interviewed by Canon Mike Pilavachi and Zoe McNaughton, both from Soul Survivor Anglican Church in Watford.

When asked what had been the most memorable part of the service for him, the Archbishop said “His sermon”, looking at Bishop Michael.

During the afternoon, worshippers gathered at the Cathedral to visit the 19 prayer stations both inside and outside the building. The prayer stations allowed people to pray in different ways, including sensory prayer stations where visitors could touch various substances, a ‘confessions’ area with a beanbag to punch or a teddy bear to hug, and an exam prayer station for GCSE and A Level pupils.

The Archbishop also prayed outside of the Cathedral with a number of pupils who were attending, asking God’s blessing on all young people currently facing the challenge of exams.

The celebration lasted around two hours, during which two young people read from the Bible and addresses were given by the Archbishop and by the Revd Hayley Young, a Baptist minister from Panshanger.

At the service, the worship music was provided by Soul Survivor Watford, who led the congregation comprising around 3,500 people of all ages from across Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire.

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