"I just remember it was like I could feel slaves around the place."

By Christopher Luu
Sep 22, 2020 @ 7:53 pm
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In his new book, Bishop Michael Curry, who delivered the sermon at Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's wedding ceremony back in 2018, wrote that he heard and felt the presence of slave ghosts that day. People reports that in the book, Love is the Way, Curry explains what it felt like to be a descendent of slaves and what it was like presenting a sermon in front of Queen Elizabeth II.

Curry said that he felt the ghosts and heard them after his sermon, but adds that it wasn't a scary situation. He said that he even added a slave spiritual to his sermon.

"After I preached the sermon, I just remember it was like I could feel slaves around the place," Curry said. "I don't mean to be spooky, but it was like their voice was somehow heard that day. I included one of their songs, 'There is a Balm in Gilead.'"

He explained further, saying that the ghosts were a sign of hope to him, not a haunting. He said that there was no way he ever imagined being able to deliver part of the song with the queen in the audience.

"It was like their voice, one of their songs, one of their descendants was there that day. The Queen was most gracious," he added. "The fact that all happened, for me, it's a sign of hope. It's a sign of hope that one who descends from people who were captured in the slave trade, probably the British slave trade, is brought from the shores of West Africa, to the shores of America. That one of their descendants was in the presence of the Queen of England, and he quoted one of their songs. That's hope that we don't have to be the way we've always been."

Ghosts aside, Curry also wrote about the genuine, true love that he saw and felt between Meghan and Harry. It wasn't just the coupling of two people, he said, but the union of two countries. 

"What stood out for me was, these are two people who really do love each other," he said. "It brought together two nations, Britain and the U.S. But it brought together people from around the world. I realized that the love of two people for each other brought together, at least for a moment, a world of differences. And I think that is a parable of what real love can do."