Sure, people attended and tuned into the Royal Wedding to see Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, but while they were there they really fell in love with Bishop Michael Curry.
The Chicago bishop, whom Markle reportedly invited to speak at the ceremony, dropped serious knowledge about the power of love, ignited sparks of passion with a very long talk about fire, and even quoted Dr. Martin Luther King.
He became the first black presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church in 2015, as BBC notes, and boy did he steal the show.
The people of England — many of whom were likely not accustomed to Bishop Curry’s contagious energy that’s common in places of worship in the United States — and those watching around the world, were loving his sermon.
From the time he stood before an iPad and addressed the audience, to his closing remarks about Dr. King and the power of love, Bishop Curry was adored.
Many noted the cultural importance of the bishop quoting Dr. Martin Luther King and mentioning slavery in the south during the impassioned address, since Meghan Markle identifies as mixed-race.
“The late Dr. Martin Luther King once said, and I quote: we must discover the power of love, the redemptive power of love, and when we do that we will make of this old world a new world. For love is the only way,” Bishop Curry preached.
“There’s power in love. Don’t underestimate it. Don’t even oversentimentalize it. There’s power, power in love. If you don’t believe me, think about a time when you first fell in love. The whole world seemed to center around you and your beloved. There’s power, power in love,” he went on.
Curry got a lot of praise for discussing the concept of “fire,” explaining, “Fire makes it possible for us to text and tweet and email and Instagram and Facebook and socially be dysfunctional with each other.”
“Fire makes all of that possible and de Chardin said that fire was one of the greatest discoveries in all of human history. And he then went on to say that 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.”