An American Reverend Just Gave The Most Fire Royal Wedding Speech Of All Time
"Jesus did not get an honourary doctorate for dying" was a highlight.
What you need to know
- Michael Bruce Curry gave a wiiiiide-ranging sermon at Harry and Meghan's wedding
- "The power of love is demonstrated by the fact that we're all here. Two young people fell in love and we all showed up," the reverend said
- Social media lit up with positive reactions to the reverend's unconventional sermon
Attention, all you smug people out there who bragged about not watching the royal wedding -- you messed up big time, because you missed an American reverend giving an absolutely fire sermon that totally lit up the internet in a way not seen since Princess Beatrice & Eugenie's hats at the last wedding.
The Most Reverend Michael Bruce Curry, the 27th Presiding Bishop and Primate of The Episcopal Church in Chicago, gave a wide, wide-ranging sermon at Harry and Meghan's wedding. He had an iPad in front of him on the pulpit, presumably with notes for his speech, but the reverend seemed to speak off the cuff for most of his far-reaching and unconventional address which touched on Jesus, social media, Dr Martin Luther King, cars, "controlled fire" and of course, love.
"The power of love is demonstrated by the fact that we're all here. Two young people fell in love and we all showed up," the reverend said.
His animated, energetic sermon -- a stark contrast to the more stoic, traditional ceremony we've all come to expect -- left some in the crowd bemused, with many at home quick to spot various celebrities and royalty exchanging looks as the address pushed on.
Even Harry and Meghan were seen to be all smiles at various points.
"It is the way of life. They got it, he died to save us all. [Jesus] didn't die for anything he could get out of it. Jesus did not get an honourary doctorate for dying," the reverend said.
"Love is not selfish and self-centred. Love can be sacrificial. And in so doing, becomes redemptive."
Social media lit up with positive reactions to the reverend's unconventional sermon, particularly when he started a long passage on "controlled fire". It's hard for us to even describe or summarise, so here's a big slab of that part:
"The discovery or invention of harnessing of fire was one of the great scientific discoveries in history. Fire to a certain extent made human civilisation possible. It made it possible to cook food and provide sanitary ways of eating. It made it possible to heat warm environments and thereby made human migration around the world a possibility, even into colder climates. Fire made it possible. There was no Bronze Age without fire. No iron age without fire. No industrial revolution without fire.
The advances of science and technology are greatly dependent on the human ability and capacity to take fire and use it for human good. Anybody get here in a car today? An automobile? Nod your heads if you did? I'm guessing. I know there were some carriages. But those of us who came in cars, that controlled harnessed fire made that possible. I know the Bible says, and I believe it, that Jesus walked on the water. But I tell you, I didn't walk across the Atlantic Ocean to get here. Controlled fire in that plane got me here.
Fire makes it possible for us to text and tweet and Instagram and socially be dysfunctional with each other. Fire makes all of that possible. And they said fire was one of the greatest discovery in all of human history. And he then went on to say if humanity ever harnesses the energy of fire again, if humanity ever captures the energy of love it will be the second time in history that we have discovered fire. Dr King was right. We must discover love.
Just minutes after stepping off the stage, the reverend was on Twitter and serving up some extra bonus fire content.
There was a lot more, but you should really just watch the whole glorious thing yourself.