During this service, we will give thanks for the life and reign of The Late Queen and offer prayers for our new king, His Majesty King Charles III. This service will be attended by representatives from across the city, county and diocese, and members of the public are warmly welcome.
You can download the order of service here
You can read Bishop Rachel’s sermon here.
The Bishop of Gloucester, the Rt Revd Rachel Treweek said: “This special service of commemoration and thanksgiving is a time for prayer and reflection. We express both deep sadness for the death of Her Late Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, and deep thankfulness for her life of service and dedication to her people, rooted in her strong Christian faith. We also give thanks and pray for Charles, our new King, the Royal family and the life of our communities, our nation and the Commonwealth.”
The Interim Dean of Gloucester, Canon Dr Andrew Braddock, said: “Queen Elizabeth II’s remarkable life of service and duty was built on her strong Christian faith. The special service of Commemoration and Thanksgiving for her reflects all these themes. It is an opportunity for us to come together, as we share our profound sense of loss at The Late Queen’s death and give thanks for a life fully lived.”
His Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant of Gloucestershire, Edward Gillespie OBE, said: “We have all been deeply saddened by the passing of our Sovereign Queen Elizabeth II, sharing our grief with King Charles III and the Royal Family. Gloucestershire has enjoyed a particularly strong link with the Monarch over many centuries and now we have a King and Queen Consort who are residents of the county. They will be very much in our thoughts and prayers as we gather at the Service of Thanksgiving and Commemoration to reflect on the life of Queen Elizabeth II. This is an opportunity to bring people from across the county together on the eve of our late Sovereign’s funeral.”