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Civil Religion In The Danish Parliament

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This chapter discusses how the nation-state draws on religious rituals and symbols, confirming a common conception of the nation and its connection with the state and the people living in Denmark. The parliamentary opening rituals are closely connected with the construction of a Danish national identity. The Christiansborg Palace Chapel is also the royal chapel and the present building was consecrated at a mass on Whitsunday, May 14th 1826. The architecture of Christiansborg represents the constitutional idea of united power, from absolute monarchy's king transferred to the palace of the realm for Danish parliamentary monarchy, where "Legislative authority shall be vested in the King and the Folketing conjointly. The sermon is not a High Mass with communion and the Sacrament; this means that it does not primarily address the individual Christian and her/his religious needs.

Keywords: Christiansborg Palace Chapel; Danish national identity; Danish parliament; Denmark; Folketing ; sermon

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