As I write this, the news is that His Royal Highness, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh has died. Much has been said already about his character and his long service to our country and his support of his wife, our Queen. We send our condolences and our prayers are with the Royal Family as they mourn this loss.
This is the statement from The Bishop of Ely:
I express with you my sadness at the death of Prince Philip. We give thanks to God for his life and service. Our hearts and our prayers reach out in sympathy for Her Majesty the Queen in her profound loss after 73 years of loving marriage and shared duty. We pray also for Prince Philip’s children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.
We thank God for the Prince’s deep sense of duty in his support of the Queen and the service of his country. We remember his keen intelligence and wit, his promotion of the initiative and growth of young people through the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme, his promotion of new technology and scientific research and his patronage of hundreds of good causes. We also remember his fine record as a serving naval officer and his sporting gifts and passions. We are thankful for his Christian faith and his commitment to clergy support and development through St George’s House at Windsor.
Most of all, we praise God for the example of a person dedicated to his family and its wellbeing over more than seventy years with the joys and the sacrifices which come with such a commitment.
We thank God that Prince Philip now enjoys the fullness of the resurrection life. We pray for Her Majesty that she will know all the consolations of her own deep faith in this time of mourning.
God save the Queen!
Yours ever in Christ, + Stephen Bishop Stephen Bishop of Ely
This month of May has a particular focus of prayer for the church as we approach Ascension to Pentecost – the time when Jesus went to heaven and sent The Holy Spirit. There is a National call to prayer called Thy Kingdom Come. Please join us in praying for our country at this time. We can pray at anytime, anywhere.
Thy Kingdom Come is a line of The Lord’s Prayer
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name; thy kingdom come; thy will be done; on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.
Our village, country and our world continue to need our prayers, do join with us to pray The Lord’s Prayer this month.
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