A message to our worshipping communities from Bishop Rachel on the death of Queen Elizabeth II

Published: Friday September 9, 2022

Bishop Rachel

“It is with deep sadness that we hear the news of the Queen’s death. As our sense of loss ripples out across the nation, Commonwealth and world, we give thanks for a life well lived. Whether we met her in person, saw her from a distance, or simply encountered her in our homes in newspapers, on the radio or on screen, we knew her as our Queen. We also knew that her leadership and dedication to her people were rooted in her Christian faith.

“As a follower of Jesus Christ, the Queen embodied the call to love God and neighbour. And so in these days of sadness and sorrow may we reflect this same commitment in our homes, communities and nation, as the Queen said in her Christmas Day speech in 1957 (the first one to be televised):

“Today we need a special kind of courage, not the kind needed in battle but a kind which makes us stand up for everything that we know is right, everything that is true and honest. We need the kind of courage that can withstand the subtle corruption of the cynics so that we can show the world that we are not afraid of the future (Queen’s Speech.)”

“Our churches should be a place people can come for prayer and reflection as we give thanks for Queen Elizabeth II and pray for Charles, our new King, the Royal family and the life of our communities, nation and Commonwealth.

“I ask that you keep your church doors open and share with your community that they are welcome to visit to say a prayer or light a candle.

“An official book of condolence is available in the Cathedral for anyone who wishes to write a personal message. You may choose to open your own book of condolence as well, if you do I would be grateful if you can inform Lucy Taylor on ku.gr1721563873o.coi1721563873dsolg1721563873@roly1721563873atl1721563873, so she can share with the media and through our diocesan comms.

May she rest in peace and rise in glory.”

+ Rachel


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