WASHINGTON – Bishop Michael Curry, the head of the Episcopal Church, was the presiding bishop at the funeral for former President George H.W. Bush – a lifelong Episcopalian Church – at the National Cathedral in Washington on Wednesday.
"With a grateful nation, and many around the world, we of the Episcopal Church give thanks to God, the source of life and love, for the life, the public and private witness of President George Herbert Walker Bush," Curry said in a statement after Bush died at his home in Houston on Friday.
"Through his enduring commitment to public service and his steadfast devotion to his family, he lived the way of Jesus through a life shaped by faith, hope and, above all, love. Through his unswerving service to our country and to the human community around the globe, he embodied the noblest ideals of his faith and his country."
Curry has spoken at several prominent recent events, including the funeral for Arizona Sen. John McCain in September and the May wedding of Britain's Prince Harry and American actress Meghan Markle.
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The Episcopal Church is the American branch of the Church of England, founded after the Revolutionary War.
Curry, the first African-American to be elected presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church, made an impression at the royal wedding with an animated sermon to a traditionally reserved audience of British nobility, quoting Martin Luther King. Jr. and mentioning slavery.
The Bush family also elected to have Washington Bishop Mariann Budde, the cathedral’s Dean Randy Hollerith, and the Rev. Russell Levenson Jr. – the rector of Bush's congregation in Houston – act as officiants at the funeral, the Episcopal News Service reported.
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