Buckingham Palace announces Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has died at age of 96
Message from the Diocese of Toronto
Well done, thou good and faithful servant: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.
The Diocese of Toronto joins the nation and the Commonwealth in grieving the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
Canada's Sovereign for over 70 years, Head of State in fourteen other countries and Head of the 56-member Commonwealth of Nations, the Queen's life of selfless service and duty was grounded in, and nourished by, a deep and vibrant personal faith in Jesus Christ, a fact she frequently referenced in her public speaking, particularly her Christmas Messages.
Supported by her husband, the late Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, the Queen visited every province and territory of Canada over 22 visits, met many thousands of Canadians from all walks of life, and had a particularly warm relationship of mutual respect with the First Nations of this land. When in Toronto, the Queen would worship at St. James Cathedral, and we were always delighted to welcome her here.
For the vast majority of Canadians, she is the only monarch we have ever known, and her passing is a significant moment in our common life together. We give thanks to God for her witness to her faith and her life of duty and service to our country and the Commonwealth.
It is appropriate for individual parishes to mark the Queen's death with the somber tolling of bells, today and/or on the day of her funeral, 96 pulls to mark each year of her life. Prayers for the Dead, for the Royal Family, and for our nation and Commonwealth, may be offered this Sunday, and if desired at a dedicated memorial service. A requiem service will be held at St. James Cathedral, which will be live streamed. Details will be announced once they have been determined.