Either one could be correct, but probably "ceremony." The Zeniffite people had already ratified him as their king, and now the rest of the group had to take the oath and swear obedience.
Read some Royal Skousen and some Stanford Carmack. "Ceremony" translated from original manuscript text was actually "sermon" and was changed by early editors. Early English usage of "sermon" referred to a discussion or conversation, not what we think of as a sermon today.
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