A special service to celebrate the Coronation of King Charles III is being held at St Mary de Castro Church in Leicester and members of the public are invited to go along and be part of the historic occasion.
The service is taking place at 5.30pm next Thursday (May 11) and there are 200 places for members of the public, which will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.
The invitation to the once-in-a-lifetime celebration has gone out from the Lord-Lieutenant of Leicestershire, Mike Kapur OBE, the King’s representative in the county and city. The Lord-Lieutenant will lead the Act of Commitment at the end of the service, in which people of all faiths and none pledge to work together for the common good of society.
The service will be led by the Acting Dean of Leicester, Revd Canon Karen Rooms, and the Bishop of Loughborough, Bishop Saju Muthalaly, will preach. There will be hymns, prayers and readings to celebrate the Coronation and pledge support for King Charles III and Queen Camilla.
The music will be sung by the boys, junior girls and songmen of the Leicester Cathedral Choir, which will be conducted by Cathedral Director of Music Dr Christopher Ouvry-Johns. The organ will be played by Cathedral organist David Cowen.
Mr Kapur said: “The coronation of King Charles III marks the beginning of a new era in the history of the United Kingdom.
“It will be an honour to take part in this service to celebrate our new monarch, and to bring together people from all walks of life. For many people, the coronation of King Charles III will be a once-in-a-lifetime event that they will never forget, and I am happy to extend the invitation to everyone join us and celebrate at this special service.”
Canon Karen Rooms said: “It is a privilege to join in this joyful moment in the life of the nation, and of our King and Queen. Occasions for our Leicester and Leicestershire communities to gather are in themselves a cause for celebration, and I look forward to standing with others in prayer and commitment to serving each other and the common good.”