Archbishop of Canterbury takes inspiration from Stormzy preparing for Harry and Meghan’s wedding

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The Archbishop of Canterbury is taking inspiration from a Stormzy song as he nervously prepares for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle‘s wedding.

The Most Rev Justin Welby will officiate the highly anticipated ceremony on May 19, but even the Church of England’s most senior cleric is not safe from the nerves of the big day.

Speaking on BBC Coventry & Warwickshire he told of how he is preparing for the ceremony.

Mr Welby said: ‘I’m always nervous at weddings because it is such an important day for the couple – whoever they are.’

‘I’ve made a couple of cack-handed mistakes over the last couple of weddings I’ve been involved in and I’m thinking this is probably not a good moment to make it a hat-trick.’

The Archbishop of Canterbury is taking inspiration from a Stormzy song to prepare for officiating the royal wedding. The Most Rev Justin Welby said the grime artist's song Blinded By Your Grace was helping him prepare for the big day

The Archbishop of Canterbury is taking inspiration from a Stormzy song to prepare for officiating the royal wedding. The Most Rev Justin Welby said the grime artist's song Blinded By Your Grace was helping him prepare for the big day

The Archbishop of Canterbury is taking inspiration from a Stormzy song to prepare for officiating the royal wedding. The Most Rev Justin Welby said the grime artist’s song Blinded By Your Grace was helping him prepare for the big day

He has previously admitted to fearing he might drop the ring during the service. 

When asked by presenter Lorna Bailey how he’s preparing himself, the Archbishop said a line from grime artist Stormzy’s song, Blinded By Your Grace, was helping him in the run up to the nuptials.

Mr Welby explained: ‘There’s a line in that – ”I stay prayed up and get the job done” – I think that sort of sums it up.

The Archbishop, who is the second most senior figure in the church after the Queen, who is supreme governor of the Church of England, has already had an instrumental role in preparing Ms Markle for the wedding.

In March he officiated as she was baptised and confirmed into the church in a secret ceremony, describing it as ‘beautiful’ and ‘very special’. 

Mr Welby admitted his fears in March of preparing for the royal wedding. 

Mr Welby explained: 'There's a line in that - ''I stay prayed up and get the job done'' - I think that sort of sums it up.' Pictured: Stormzy in February 

Mr Welby explained: 'There's a line in that - ''I stay prayed up and get the job done'' - I think that sort of sums it up.' Pictured: Stormzy in February 

Mr Welby explained: ‘There’s a line in that – ”I stay prayed up and get the job done” – I think that sort of sums it up.’ Pictured: Stormzy in February 

Mr Welby officiated as Meghan Markle was baptised and confirmed into the church in a secret ceremony in March, and described it as 'beautiful' and 'very special'

Mr Welby officiated as Meghan Markle was baptised and confirmed into the church in a secret ceremony in March, and described it as 'beautiful' and 'very special'

Mr Welby officiated as Meghan Markle was baptised and confirmed into the church in a secret ceremony in March, and described it as ‘beautiful’ and ‘very special’

He said that forgetting the order of the wedding vows or misplacing the ring – both mishaps he has suffered before – are possibilities which he will strive to avoid.

Asked about his preparations for the approaching nuptials, Mr Welby said: ‘Unlike recent weddings, I must not drop the ring. And I must not forget to get the vows in the right order, as I did at the rehearsal for one of my children’s weddings.

‘At the heart of it is two people who have fallen in love with each other, who have committed their lives to each other with the most beautiful words and profound thoughts, who do it in the presence of God, through Jesus Christ, you pray for them to have the strength to fulfil their vows.

‘And you seek to do it in a way that respects their integrity and honours their commitment.’

The Archbishop reportedly sparked panic at a service last year when it became apparent one of the wedding rings had slipped from his grasp.

It was eventually located by the bride under a chair, it was previously reported. 

Lyrics to Stormzy’s Blinded By Your Grace

I‘m blinded by your grace, 

I’m blinded by your grace, by your grace

I’m blinded by your grace

I’m blinded by your

Lord, I’ve been broken

Although I’m not worthy

You fixed me, I’m blinded

By your grace

You came and saved me

 

Lord, I’ve been broken

Although I’m not worthy

You fixed me, now I’m blinded

By your grace

You came and saved me

 

One time for the Lord

And one time for the cause

And one round of applause

One time for Fraser T Smith on the chords

I feel we got one

I stay prayed up then I get the job done

Yeah I’m Abigail’s yout, but I’m God’s son

But I’m up now, look at what God’s done

Now I rule tour, look at what God did

On the main stage runnin’ ’round topless

I phone Flipz and I tell him that we got this

This is God’s plan, they can never stop this

Like wait right there, could you stop my verse?

You saved this kid and I’m not your first

It’s not by blood and it’s not by birth

But oh my God what a God I serve

 

Lord, I’ve been broken

Although I’m not worthy

You fixed me, I’m blinded

By your grace

You came and saved me

Lord, I’ve been broken

Although I’m not worthy

You fixed me, now I’m blinded

By your grace

You came and saved me

 

I said a prayer this morning

I prayed I would find the way

To another day, I was so afraid

‘Til you came and saved

You came and saved me

And the rain was pouring

‘Cause the sun faded away

Now I’m in a better place

No longer afraid

Blinded by your grace

You came and saved me

I said a prayer this morning

I prayed I would find the way

To another day, I was so afraid

‘Til you came and saved

You came and saved me

And the rain was pouring

‘Cause the sun faded away

Now I’m in a better place

No longer afraid

Blinded by your grace

You came and saved me

 

Lord, I’ve been broken

Although I’m not worthy

You fixed me, I’m blinded

By your grace

You came and saved me

Lord, I’ve been broken

Although I’m not worthy

You fixed me, now I’m blinded

By your grace

You came and saved me