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A Service of Prayer after the death of The Duke of Edinburgh

The leader may use this introduction.

We meet in the name of Jesus Christ,
who died and was raised to the glory of God the Father. Grace and mercy be with you.

Today we come together to remember before God Philip, Duke of Edinburgh
to give thanks for his life
and to comfort one another in our grief.

This psalm or another appropriate song may be sung, or a recording played.

Psalm 23

The Lord is my shepherd; *

therefore can I lack nothing.

He makes me lie down in green pastures *

and leads me beside still waters.

He shall refresh my soul *

and guide me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.

Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,

I will fear no evil; * for you are with me;

your rod and your staff, they comfort me.

You spread a table before me

in the presence of those who trouble me; * you have anointed my head with oil

and my cup shall be full.

Surely goodness and loving mercy shall follow me

all the days of my life, *
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.

O God, our sovereign and shepherd,
who brought again your Son Jesus Christ

from the valley of death,
comfort us with your protecting presence and your angels of goodness and love, that we also may come home
and dwell with him in your house for ever.

Reading

Jesus said, ‘

Do not let your hearts be troubled. Believe in God, believe also in me. In

my Father’s house there are many dwelling-places. If it were not so, would I have told

you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will

come again and will take you to myself, so that where I am, there you may be

also. And you know the way to the place where I am going.’ Thomas said to him,

‘Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?’ Jesus said

to him, ‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except

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through me.’

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You might wish to reflect, alone or with others.

  • What stands out in your memory about the Duke of Edinburgh?

  • What will you always remember about him?

  • What things did you learn through his life and death, including about God?

    Give thanks to God for Prince Philip’s life and ask for strength for yourself and for all who grieve. Gather your prayers up in the Lord’s Prayer.

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name;
thy kingdom come;
thy will be done;

(or)

Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done,

on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us. Lead us not into temptation
but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power,
and the glory are yours
now and for ever.
Amen.

on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation;
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
the power and the glory,
for ever and ever.
Amen.

The service may end with these prayers:

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.

May Christ our Lord give us peace. Amen.

John 14.1-6

(from the Church of England)

Praying during the pandemic

  • Immanuel Jesus, God is with us in the centre of our world’s fragility.
  • We lift up to God and pray for millions of people affected by the global pandemic, knowing that each person is precious to God. Especially we pray:
  • For families who have lost loved ones to coronavirus- we pray for comfort
  • For those who are suffering with long Covid- we pray for strength
  • For those whose mental health has deteriorated- we pray for peace
  • For those who have lost their jobs- we pray for hope
  • For those who have lost regular income and are on furlough- we pray for patience
  • For those who have been pushed into unwanted poverty – we pray for justice
  • For those who have worked in the NHS and care sector throughout the pandemic- we pray for rest
  • For those who have to make difficult decisions and choices in national and local government- we pray for integrity
  • For those who are developing new vaccines- we pray for vigilance 
  • For those who remain isolated- we pray for friendship
  • For all who are fearful- we pray for faith
  • For those who are searching for God- we pray for discovery
  • Matthew 6:33 Jesus said:  Seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you”
  • 1 Peter 5:7 Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.
  • Philippians 4:6-7  do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.
Our daily cycle of prayer for the Parish
Our daily cycle of prayer for the parish

An Act of Prayer for individuals or households to mark 23 March: the beginning of the first lockdown

It may be appropriate for this Act of Prayer to take place in the evening. In a household, all may wish to gather together.

A candle may be lit.

A leader says

Lord God, the maker and redeemer of all, 

as we come before you in thanksgiving for the gift of health and life,

we grieve for the thousands who have died: 

comfort us with your presence, 

sustain us with the hope of your kingdom,

and give us grace to live our lives well; 

through Jesus Christ our Lord. 

All Amen.

One or more of the following Scripture passages is read.

1     The Lord is my shepherd;

therefore can I lack nothing.

2     He makes me lie down in green pastures

and leads me beside still waters.

3     He shall refresh my soul

and guide me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.

4     Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,

I will fear no evil;

for you are with me;

your rod and your staff, they comfort me.

5     You spread a table before me

in the presence of those who trouble me;

you have anointed my head with oil

and my cup shall be full.

6     Surely goodness and loving mercy shall follow me

all the days of my life,

and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.

Psalm 23

‘Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.’

Matthew 11.28-30

I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Romans 8.38-39

Cast all your anxieties upon God, for God cares for you.

1 Peter 5.7

Reflection and prayer may follow.

You may wish to:

  • share thoughts about the last year;
  • remember those who have died;
  • pray for those who care for others;
  • pray for all who are in need;
  • share hopes for the future.

The leader prays

Lord Jesus Christ,

when fear and anxiety besiege us

and hope is veiled in grief,

hold us in your wounded hands

and make your face shine on us again, 

for you are our Lord and God.

All Amen.

All join in praying the Lord’s Prayer.

Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Lead us not into temptation
but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power,
and the glory are yours
now and for ever.
Amen.

(or)

Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name;
thy kingdom come;
thy will be done;
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation;
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
the power and the glory,
for ever and ever.
Amen.

The leader may say

Christ the Good Shepherd 

enfold us with love, 

fill us with peace, 

and lead us in hope, 

to the end of our days; 

and the blessing of God Almighty, 

the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, 

be among us and remain with us always. 

All Amen.

If a candle has been lit, someone might place it on a windowsill or another place which would make it visible from outside.