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Church leaders to join Jubilee Pageant

By on Thursday, 31 May 2012

The bishops of England and Wales have requested that every parish celebrate a Mass with prayers to commemorate the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II this Sunday.

The prayer for the Queen, “O Lord, save Elizabeth, our Queen”, will be said after the post-Communion prayer and before the final blessing. There will also be a reading from 1 Kings 3:11-14.

The prayer calls on God “that your servant Elizabeth, our Queen, who, by your providence has received the governance of this realm, may continue to grow in every virtue, that, imbued with your heavenly grace, she may be preserved from all that is harmful and evil and, being blessed with your favour, may, with her consort and the royal family, come at last into your presence, through Christ who is the way, the truth and the life and who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever”.

Archbishop Vincent Nichols of Westminster will attend the Thames Diamond Jubilee pageant on Sunday, along with Archbishop George Stack of Cardiff on board the Sarpedon cruise ship.

Archbishop Nichols will also attend a national service of Thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral on Tuesday morning, and in the evening he will celebrate a Mass of Thanksgiving for the Diamond Jubilee at Westminster Cathedral, concelebrated with Bishop John Arnold and Bishop Alan Hopes, auxiliary bishops of Westminster.

Bishop Kieran Conry of Arundel and Brighton will also be present. Bishop John Rawsthorne of Hallam will celebrate a Jubilee Mass at St Matthew’s, Sheffield, while Bishop Arthur Roche of Leeds will attend a service at Ripon Cathedral. Cardinal Keith O’Brien, meanwhile, will attend a Thanksgiving Mass at St Mary’s Cathedral, Edinburgh, and will later attend services at Dunfermline Abbey and St Paul’s Cathedral in London. Archbishop Nichols has delivered a Loyal Address to Her Majesty on behalf of the Catholic Church. Mary Kenny: Page 12

  • nytor

    God save King Francis II.

  • Gjhg
  • Diffal

    Much as I respect the individual that is Queen Elizabeh II, I can’t help but cringe at such displays. A bidding prayer or para-liturgical prayer service certainly, but this mixture of the Sacred and the Secluar doesn’t sit well with me. Nor would it if she were a Catholic Monarch I might add.

  • JByrne24

    Thank you for the link reminder Gjhg.

    Of course the reason for preserving the monarchy in Britain has nothing whatever to do with religion.
    The concept of “The Crown”, made possible by the monarchy, is a useful device for politicians when in government (and even after they leave government).

    It provides a shelter from enquiry (The Crown is above the law) for governments who wish to work in secret from their citizens, and a grave in which to bury their mistakes. For deposed governments it also offers a useful means of covering up their own (former) embarrassing and catastrophic errors. It is a rotten institution.

    The British state is one of the most secretive, and consequently incompetent, democratic states in the world.

  • Pastizzi56

    Shouldn’ t Catholics pray for everyone?

  • LocutusOP

    I would have to agree with you. Mind you, we are supposed to pray for everyone, and for our rulers as well, that they may use their power for good and in service to God.

    However, something about “O Lord, save Elizabeth, our Queen…your servant Elizabeth”just doesn’t sit well with me. It seems more like grovelling, and it’s presumptuous at best to claim the queen is the Lord’s servant, and from what little history of the U.K. that I know, not a claim that can be made with much justification.

    I also don’t like the idea of this taking place on a Sunday mass, when there are plenty of other days which could have been chosen for those Catholics who wanted specifically to say a prayer for their head of state.

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  • Charles Martel

    A lot of wrong-headed comments here. There is nothing grovelling about PRAYING for anyone! And a reminder – Elizabeth is our queen, not just some dirty politician. We are her subjects. Think about it. It is absolutely Catholic and traditional to pray for our monarch, even though she is a protestant.
    God bless her and keep her. I am a Jacobite, but the reality is that she is the monarch, de facto.
    Here is the prayer for her at the end of the principal Mass every Sunday until its regrettable suppression in 1964: “Domine, salvam fac reginam nostram Elizabeth, et exaudi nos in die, qua invocaverimus te.”

  • Mikethelionheart


    Oh purrrrlease

    UK government one of the most secretive in the world?

    Don’t be so insulting to those who live under genuinely secretive regimes.
    You post is like something written by a conspiracy obsessed teenager.

  • liulan991

  • maideqi

  • Parasum

    “Here is the prayer for her at the end of the principal Mass every Sunday
    until its regrettable suppression in 1964: “Domine, salvam fac reginam
    nostram Elizabeth, et exaudi nos in die, qua invocaverimus te.””

    ## What Johnny No-Wits decided *that* was a good idea ? Clearly some person not aware that St.Paul explicitly enjoins Christians to pray for those in authority. And the Apostle says not a word about the religion of those prayed for. If heathen rulers could be prayed for – IOW, characters like Nero – for Catholics today to be picky on that score makes no sense. Not to pray for them is senseless, regardless of the reason given for not doing so.

    Ther’s a prayer “Pro Imperatore” in my 1962 missal – but nothing “Pro Unione Kleptocratica Europeana”. Yet.

  • Parasum

    That objection, if it were valid, would be even more fatal to prayer for the Pope, as many of them have shown themselves to be anything but servant-like, despite their title “servant of the servants of God”.

    Calling her “Your servant” is justified, because all monarchs, Christians in particular, serve God, whether they know it or not. They are His servants, not because of what or who they are, but because His Providence has seen fit to establish them in that position. “By Me kings reign” includes her. She is not prayed for because of or despite her personal qualities, but because God has set her in particular in the place she occupies: the emphasis is on God, not on her. 

    To pray for someone’s salvation is surely absolutely minimum Christianity.