Coronation Anointing Spoon

£5.99

Coronation Anointing Spoon

Coronation Anointing Spoon

£5.99

The coronation of a new sovereign is staged in Westminster Abbey where every King and Queen of England, with the exception of Edward V and Edward VIII, has been crowned since King Harold II in 1066. Th two oldest objects used in the coronation ceremony are the Ampulla and the anointing spoon. The anointing is the most sacred part of the coronation ceremony, and takes place before the investiture and crowning. The Archbishop pours holy oil from the Ampulla (or vessel) into the spoon, and anoints the sovereign on the hands, breast and head. The tradition goes back to the Old Testament which describes the anointing of Solomon by Zadok the Priest and Nathan the Prophet. Anointing was one of the medieval holy sacraments and it emphasised the spiritual status of the sovereign. Until the seventeenth century the sovereign was considered to be appointed directly by God and this was confirmed by the ceremony of anointing. Although the monarch is no longer considered divine in the same way, the ceremony of Coronation also confirms the monarch as the Supreme Governor of the Church of England. 

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