The congregation at St Bartholomew's joins those around the country, the Commonwealth and the world in expressing sadness at the death of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh. We give thanks for his steadfast service in so many fields and his loyal support for Her Majesty The Queen for more than 70 years as her consort.
Bishop James and Bishop Simon have released the following statement:It is with great sadness that we have learned the news of the death of His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh.
Our most sincere condolences on behalf of the Diocese of Rochester, will be expressed to Her Majesty The Queen and other members of the Royal Family.
Prince Philip’s long life and his unstinting support of the Queen over more than 70 years of marriage have contributed immensely to the life of the nation at home and abroad.
He will also be remembered for his personal initiatives and support in many spheres, not least his encouragement of young people, particularly with the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme, founded in 1956.
His Royal Highness’ death will be deeply felt by many.
May we invite you to join us in remembering His Royal Highness in prayer with these words:
Lord of Lords and King of Kings,
we give you thanks
for the life of Philip, Duke of Edinburgh .
for the grace and mercy
he received from you,
for his faithful love and support
of Her Majesty, The Queen,
and his service to this nation
at home and abroad.
Enfold him in your everlasting arms
grant him rest
and raise him up at the last
in the company of the saints in light. Amen
We remember, too, the Royal Family in their bereavement.
O God, our sovereign and shepherd,
who brought again your Son, Jesus Christ,
from the valley of death,
comfort, we pray,
The Queen and all the Royal Family
with your protecting presence.
Fill them with your Holy Spirit;
and with your heavenly peace;
and bring them at the last
to your everlasting kingdom;
through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen
An online condolence book is available on the Church of England website: www.churchofengland.org/
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