In the words of our Bishops, James and Simon this morning:
"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."
At St Peter's our prayer walk is open all day, every day. It is a place for prayer and reflection.
Covid restrictions mean we are not able to put out a book of condolences, but an online version can be found at https://www.churchofengland.org/remembering-his-royal-highness-prince-philip.
The Royal Family has asked that people consider making a donation to charity in Prince Philip's memory rather than laying flowers. If you would prefer to lay a floral tribute, the grass bank to the left of the porch doors can be used.
Here are a selection of prayers for those who would like to use them:
God of our lives, we give thanks for the life of Prince Philip, for the love he shared among us, and for his devotion to duty. We entrust him now to your love and mercy, through our Redeemer Jesus Christ. Amen.
Merciful God, be close to all who mourn, especially The Queen and all members of the Royal Family. May they know the hope of your promises and the comfort of your love, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Eternal God, we give thanks for the life of Prince Philip, founder of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. We remember his vision and imagination, his interest in young people and his support for them. Inspire us with the same commitment to serve friend, neighbour, and stranger alike, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
(for use with young children) Loving God, We are sad that Prince Philip has died. Thank you for his long life and for his care for The Queen and our country. Amen.