The Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II
Part VII. The Anointing
The Creed being ended, the Queen kneeling at her
faldstool, and the people kneeling in their places, the Archbishop shall
begin the hymn, VENI, CREATOR SPIRITUS, and the choir shall sing it out.
Come, Holy Ghost, our souls inspire,
And lighten with celestial fire.
Thou the anointing Spirit art,
Who dost thy seven-fold gifts impart.
Thy blessed Unction from above
Is comfort, life, and fire of love.
Enable with perpetual light
The dulness of our blinded sight.
Anoint and cheer our soiled face
With the abundance of thy grace:
Keep far our foes, give peace at home;
Where thou art guide, no ill can come.
Teach us to know the Father, Son
And thee, of both, to be but One;
That, through the ages all along,
This may be our endless song:
Praise to thy eternal merit,
Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
The hymn being ended, the Archbishop shall say:
LET US PRAY
O Lord and heavenly Father,
the exalter of the humble and the strength of thy chosen,
who by anointing with Oil didst of old
make and consecrate kings, priests, and prophets,
to teach and govern thy people
Bless and sanctify thy chosen servant
who by our office and ministry
is now to be anointed with this Oil,
Here the Archbishop is to lay his hand upon the
and consecrated Queen:
Strengthen her, O Lord, with the Holy Ghost the Comforter;
Confirm and stablish her with thy free and princely Spirit,
the Spirit of wisdom and government,
the Spirit of counsel and ghostly strength,
the Spirit of knowledge and true godliness,
and fill her, O Lord, with the Spirit of thy holy fear,
now and for ever;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
This prayer being ended, and the people standing,
the choir shall sing:
I Kings 1, 39, 40.
Zadok the priest and Nathan the prophet anointed Solomon king;
and all the people rejoiced and said
God save the king,
Long live the king,
May the king live for ever. Amen. Hallelujah.
In the mean time, the Queen rising from her
devotions, having been disrobed of her crimson robe by the Lord Great
Chamberlain, assisted by the Mistress of the Robes, and being uncovered,
shall go before the Altar, supported and attended as before.
The Queen shall sit down in King Edward's Chair
(placed in the midst of the Area over against the Altar, with a faldstool
before it), wherein she is to be anointed. Four Knights of the Garter shall
hold a rich pall of silk, or cloth of gold: the Dean of Westminster, taking
the Ampulla and Spoon from off the Altar, shall hold them ready, pouring
some holy Oil into the Spoon, and with it the Archbishop shall anoint the
Queen in the form of a cross:
On the palms of both hands, saying,
Be thy Hands anointed with holy Oil.
On the breast, saying,
Be thy Breast anointed with holy Oil.
On the crown of the head, saying,
Be thy Head anointed with holy Oil:
as kings, priests, and prophets were anointed:
And as Solomon was anointed king
by Zadok the priest and Nathan the prophet,
so be thou anointed, blessed, and consecrated Queen
over the Peoples, whom the Lord thy God
hath given thee to rule and govern,
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.
Then shall the Dean of Westminster lay the
Ampulla and Spoon upon the Altar; and the Queen kneeling down at the
faldstool, the Archbishop shall say this Blessing over her:
Our Lord Jesus Christ,
the Son of God,
who by his Father was anointed with the Oil of gladness
above his fellows,
by his holy Anointing pour down upon your Head and Heart
the blessing of the Holy Ghost,
and prosper the work of your Hands:
that by the assistance of his heavenly grace
you may govern and preserve
the Peoples committed to your charge
in wealth, peace, and godliness;
and after a long and glorious course
of ruling a temporal kingdom
wisely, justly, and religiously,
you may at last be made partaker of an eternal kingdom,
through the same Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
This prayer being ended, the Queen shall arise
and sit down again in King Edward's Chair, while the Knights of the Garter
bear away the pall; whereupon the Queen arising, the Dean of Westminster,
assisted by the Mistress of the Robes, shall put upon her Majesty the
Colobium Sindonis and the Supertunica or Close Pall of cloth of gold,
together with a Girdle of the same. Then shall the Queen again sit down; and
after her, the people also.
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