Her Majesty the Queen
It is with great sadness that we mark the death of Her Majesty The Queen. The Church is open between 9am and 5pm for people to pray, light a candle or sign a book of condolence.
There will be a commemorative service of thanks and remembrance on Sunday 18th September here at 11.00am
There will be a district commemorative service of thanks and remembrance at St. Mary's Bideford on Sunday 18th September at 4pm. The Bishop of Crediton, The Rt Rev Jackie Searle, will lead the service and we hope to be joined by the Lord Lieutenant of Devon along with representatives of the Town and District Councils. All are welcome to join us as we give thanks for, and celebrate the Queen and her life of service, faith and example.
For more information or resources, you can visit the Church of England Website here, or the Exeter Diocese website here.
Our thoughts, prayers and condolences are with the Royal Family at this sad time.
Prayers on the death of Her Majesty The Queen and for our new King
God of love,
We thank you for the life of The Queen,
for her service to our nation,
and for her faith in you.
Be close to all of us who mourn,
that we may we find comfort and hope in your love,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Everlasting God, we pray for our new King.
Bless his reign and the life of our nation.
Help us to work together
so that truth and justice, harmony and fairness
flourish among us;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
BISHOP SAYS DEATH OF THE QUEEN IS A WATERSHED MOMENT FOR OUR NATION
Posted: 9th September, 2022
The Bishop of Exeter has said the death of Her Majesty The Queen is an “extraordinary, watershed moment for our nation.”
Speaking as Exeter Cathedral bell tolled 96 times in memory of Queen Elizabeth, the Rt Rev’d Robert Atwell said “I find it so poignant standing here listening to the passing bell of the Cathedral.
“We mark her death as Christian people with a sense of hope, something that Queen Elizabeth embodied in her entire life, her faith in Christ.
“I pray for her – may she rest in peace and rise in glory.”
A St George flag flies at half-mast outside Alphington Church
Churches across Devon are open for prayer and for people to light candles and sign books of condolence.
Flags have been lowered to half-mast to mark the official period of mourning.
Many churches will be holding special commemorative services on Sunday 18 September, the day before HM The Queen’s state funeral on Monday 19 September.
There will also be a countywide civic service at Exeter Cathedral and a service in Torquay and Plymouth. These will all take place at 3pm on 18 September. There will also be a service in each district council area.
“In all the changing seasons and uncertainties of the decades, she has been a constant rock, pointing us to God, the Rock of ages, who is with us in our grief today.” Rev’d Preb. James Grier, Bishop of Plymouth-Designate
Wise Leader and Figurehead
The Bishop of Crediton, the Rt. Rev’d Jackie Searle, said “This is a time of the deepest sadness and sorrow as we collectively mourn the death of the Queen.
Churches are open for people to sign books of condolence
“She has been a faithful and inspiring monarch, living her life by her Christian values and exercising her authority from a place of deep faith and joyful service.
“She has been a most wise leader and figurehead, widely held in deep affection, not just here but all around the world.
“In the midst of our grief, we offer our thanksgiving to God for her long reign and exemplary life.”
The Bishop of Plymouth-Designate, the Rev’d Prebendary James Grier, who will be preaching at the Plymouth civic service, added: “I am deeply saddened to hear of the death of her Majesty the Queen.
“For the majority of us, she has been our only monarch. Prior to her coronation, she asked for prayer for the wisdom and strength to faithfully serve God and the people of her monarchy, all the days of her life. This is a prayer that has been well and truly answered since the mark of her reign and life have been faith and service.
“In all the changing seasons and uncertainties of the decades, she has been a constant rock, pointing us to God, the Rock of ages, who is with us in our grief today.”
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