The Rev. Michael Bruce Curry presided over last weekend’s royal wedding, giving an energy filled and unorthodox sermon during Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s nuptials that went viral and had black social media in a celebratory awe. The sermon even inspired a hilarious Saturday Night Live sketch featuring Kenan Thompson.
During a visit to NBC’s TODAY, Rev. Curry stated that he knew that his style of preaching was different than what the royals might be used to.
“I didn’t know [how it would go over], but I knew that they had asked me to come, and that’s me…so, I showed up,” said Curry, the first African-American to serve as presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church. Born in Chicago, he is also the first American to preach at a British royal wedding.
With a black choir and many black attendees including musicians Rev. Curry spoke on slavery, quoted Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and expressed that beyond everything else love is the answer.
The reverend was not fazed by the lack of expressions from the congregation.
“Episcopalians aren’t known for being loud and raucous in church, but I’ve learned to be able to hear an ‘amen’ by looking in their eyes,” he said. “And I was looking in the eyes of people who were there and they were doing quiet British amen.”
The reverend doesn’t take himself too seriously even calling the SNL skit “brilliant.”
Check out the interview below.