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Prayers offered at a time of mourning for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother


The Archbishops of Canterbury and York have issued prayers offered for use by individuals and churches during the period of mourning for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother.

O God, the maker and redeemer of all mankind, grant us, with thy servant Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother and all the faithful departed, the sure benefits of thy Son's saving passion and glorious resurrection; that in the last day, when all things are gathered up in Christ, we may with them enjoy the fullness of thy promises; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

O God, from whom comes everything that is upright and true: accept our thanks for the gifts of heart and mind that thou didst bestow on thy servant Elizabeth, and which she showed forth among us in her words and deeds; and grant that we may have grace to live our lives in accordance with thy will, to seek the good of others, and to remain faithful servants unto our lives' end; through our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

Father in heaven, we thank you that you have made us in your own image and have given us gifts in mind, body and spirit. We thank you now for Elizabeth the Queen Mother and what she meant to each of us. As we honour her memory, make us more aware that you are the one from whom comes every perfect gift, including the gift of eternal life through Jesus Christ. Amen.

Father in heaven, we praise your name for all who have finished this life loving and trusting you, for the example of their lives, the grace you gave them, and the peace in which they rest. We praise you today for your servant Elizabeth the Queen Mother and for all that you did through her. Meet us in our sadness and fill our hearts with praise and thanksgiving, for the sake of our risen Lord, Jesus Christ. Amen.

Eternal God and Father, we praise you that you have made people to share life together and to reflect your glory in the world. We thank you now for Elizabeth the Queen Mother for all that we saw of your goodness and love in her life and for all that she means to each one of us. As we too journey towards death may we do so in the company of Jesus, who came to share our life that we might share the life of eternity. To him be glory with you and the Holy Spirit for ever and ever. Amen.

Merciful Father and Lord of all life, we praise you that we are made in your image and reflect your truth and light. We thank you for the life of Elizabeth the Queen Mother for the love she received from you and showed among us. Above all, we rejoice at your gracious promise to all your servants, living and departed, that we shall rise again at the coming of Christ. And we ask that in due time we may share with our sister that clearer vision, when we shall see your face in the same Christ our Lord. Amen.

Hear, O Lord, the prayers of thy people, as we remember before thee Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother: and grant that we who confess thy name upon earth, may with her be made perfect in the kingdom of thy glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Almighty God, Father of all mercies and giver of all comfort: deal graciously, we pray, with all who mourn, especially the members of the Royal Family, that casting every care on thee, they may know the consolation of thy love; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

O God, the protector of all that trust in thee, without whom nothing is strong, nothing is holy: increase and multiply upon us thy mercy that, thou being our ruler and guide, we may so pass through things temporal that we lose not our hold on things eternal; grant this, O heavenly Father, for Jesus Christ's sake our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.