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If humanity ever captured the energy of love, it would be the second time in history that we have discovered fire.The words, spoken by Reverend Michael Curry, resonated along the long corridors of St. George's Chapel in the Windsor Castle during the wedding ceremony of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.
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Queen Elizabeth's grandson, Prince Harry and American actress Meghan Markle got married on Saturday, in a splendid wedding held at St. George's Chapel in the Windsor Castle.
The couple had invited Rev. Curry, the presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church, like the Church of England, a part of the Anglican Communion to speak at their wedding.
Rev. Curry spoke largely about the power of love, quoting Martin Luther King Jr., he said, "there's power in love, don't underestimate it."
In a long, colourful speech at the Prince's wedding, the bishop quoted the Bible, saying, "When love is the way, we will let justice roll down like a mighty stream and righteousness like an ever-flowing brook. When love is the way, poverty will become history. When love is the way, the Earth will be a sanctuary."
Rev. Curry quoted the power of love, not just from King and the Bible but also from an African-American song, "Down by the Riverside", sung by the slaves of the day, "When love is the way, we will lay down our swords and shields down by the riverside to study war no more. When love is the way, there's plenty good room, plenty good room for all of God's children. Because when love is the way, we actually treat each other, well, like we're actually family."
Rev. Curry quoted late French philosopher and Jesuit priest Pierre Teilhard de Chardin saying that "the discovery and harnessing of fire was one of the great technological discoveries of human history".
Previously the bishop of the Diocese of North Carolina, he most recently campaigned for the creation of family day care providers, educational centres and investment in inner-city neighbourhoods in all three of his parish ministries - North Carolina, Ohio, and Maryland.
In the past, the bishop has spoken about social issues including social justice, immigration policy, marriage equality, LGBTQ rights and sexual abuse. Bishop Curry defended the Episcopal Church's move to allow same sex couples to marry in church in 2015, which caused some churches to cut ties.
The US Episcopal Church is one of only two Anglican churches worldwide that allow gay marriage in church - the other being the Scottish Episcopal Church.
First Published: May 19, 2018 9:48 PM IST