Episcopal churches celebrate King Charles III’s coronation with watch parties, tea, music

King Charles III meets American well-wishers outside Buckingham Palace, London, ahead of the coronation on May 6. Photo: Press Association/AP Images

By Shireen Korkzan

Episcopal News Service

Episcopal churches across the United States will be celebrating King Charles III’s coronation with festivities ranging from organizing watch parties to hosting special evensongs. The coronation will take place May 6 starting at 6 a.m. Eastern and will be broadcast live on multiple news stations and streaming channels with coverage starting at 5 a.m. Read ENS coverage of what to expect during the coronation here

The following is a list of some congregations hosting coronation events. Check online for additional events hosted by local churches.

St. Luke’s Episcopal Church — At St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Salisbury, N.C., organist Stephen Williams will perform an all-British organ recital. The free concert will start at 7 p.m. Eastern on May 5.

St. John’s Episcopal Church — On May 5 at 7:30 p.m. Eastern, James O’Donnell, former master of the choristers at Westminster Abbey, will perform a free organ recital at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Lafayette, Indiana. Music will consist of pieces from England, France and Germany from the 17th to the 20th centuries. O’Donnell currently teaches organ at Yale University.

All Saints’ Episcopal Church — All Saints’ Episcopal Church’s choir and orchestra will perform a coronation concert at All Saints’ Episcopal Church in Beverly Hills, California, featuring works by George Frederic Handel and Johann Sebastian Bach. Handel’s Coronation Anthems, included in the program, were composed for the coronation of King George II in 1727. The concert will take place on May 5 at 8 p.m. Pacific. Admission costs $25 for adults and $15 for students and seniors at the door. Admission is free for people with Music Guild donor season passes.

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