Statement from Bishop Kevin
In the midst of our grief, at the death of Queen Elizabeth, we pray with confidence, that God will grant her the everlasting peace that is the hope of Jesus’ resurrection and love, in which she believed and in which she lived her life. Duty is that facet of God’s love which is revealed when the glamour and the novelty of public life cease to make headlines. Queen Elizabeth’s dedication to duty was based upon deep personal faith in God, prayer and worship.
In public life and as a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, friend in good times and in bad, her faith in God who is love, never wavered. We offer our deepest sympathy to her family at this time, as we pray with confidence in Jesus’ promise of resurrection and everlasting life.
May she rest in peace and rise in glory.
A prayer of confidence
Eternal Lord God, you hold all souls in life: Shed forth upon your faithful servant, Queen Elizabeth, the bright beams of your light and heavenly comfort; And grant that she, and we with her, may at length enter into the joys of your eternal kingdom; Through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, world without end. Amen.
Let us also pray for King Charles III and the Queen Consort, that they may be granted wisdom and understanding.