Prayer for Prince Philip

We received with great sadness the news of the death of HRH Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh. He has served our country selflessly as the Queen’s husband and consort since their marriage and her accession to the throne in 1952.

He has shown genuine concern for the future of our country, through his interest in the environment, wildlife, education, and by ensuring we are at the forefront of scientific advancement. He was a keen sportsman, seen until recently behind the reins of a horse and carriage around Windsor, one of his favourite pastimes since 1970s, and a sport which he helped expand and promote.

While our monarchy has its formal and solemn side, Prince Philip has shown a forthright wit and sense of humour and has helped the monarchy adapt and embrace change over the years.

The Queen described him as her rock and he has been a major stabilising influence throughout her whole reign. He will be sorely missed.

Online Memorial Book for Prince Philip

The Church of England has launched a special online memorial book which everyone is invited to sign and can be found here.

During the current restrictions our cathedrals will remain open for those wishing to say a private prayer or to light a candle. Please check your local cathedral website for times.

A Prayer for the Duke of Edinburgh.

‘Well done, thou good and faithful servant: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.’ (Matthew 25.21)

God of majesty,
give rest to your servant Philip
who, having served his Queen and Country,
has passed from this life,
full of years yet strong in spirit.
As we give thanks for his life,
as Prince and husband,
as Consort and family man,
we pray that all that he has done
may continue to bear fruit
in the lives of individuals
and the life of this nation,
to your honour and glory,
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Prayer for Prince Phillip