Your witness together, over seventy-four years, is a commendation of the mutual love and respect necessary to fulfil the vows of marriage. We offer our deepest sympathy and prayers as you grieve his loss after so many years of mutual commitment and service, especially in this pandemic time of separation of family and friends.
Our sympathy and prayers are extended as well to the entire Royal family. The loss of such a beloved father, grandfather and great-grandfather will be deeply felt.
May the faith that has so sustained you and Prince Philip in both personal and public challenges continue to be your guide and hope. In this Eastertide we remember that in life or in death nothing is stronger than the love of God through Christ our Lord.
Yours in Christ,
The Most Rev. Linda Nicholls,
Archbishop and Primate
A Prayer of Thanksgiving for the life of The Duke of Edinburgh
God of eternal life and love
We give thanks today for the life and witness of Philip, Duke of Edinburgh,
For his service in pursuit of peace as a naval officer,
For his service to the Queen as a wise counsellor and companion,
For his commitment in marriage for over seventy years in witness to mutual respect and love,
For his commitment to nurturing family and guiding with wisdom their growth and development,
For his encouragement of young people around the world to skill development, physical health, adventure, and service through the Duke of Edinburgh Award,
For his care and advocacy for all of creation
For a life lived selflessly in service to others.
We remember with thanksgiving and commit him into Your keeping this day
in the sure and certain hope of resurrection to eternal life.
May he rest in peace and rise in glory. Amen.
A Prayer for all who are bereaved
Grant, O Lord, to all who are bereaved the spirit of faith and
courage, that they may have strength to meet the days to come
with steadfastness and patience; not sorrowing as those
without hope, but in thankful remembrance of your great
goodness, and in the joyful expectation of eternal life with
those they love. And this we ask in the name of Jesus Christ
our Saviour. Amen.