It’s been almost 60 years since the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr. Geoffrey Fisher, crowned Her Majesty Elizabeth II in Westminster Abbey.
As we rejoice on her Diamond Jubilee, we give thanks for her exemplary devotion to the people of the Commonwealth and her faithful service to the peace and concord of the world.
With all who thronged the banks of the River Thames and lined the streets of London we celebrate this happy and glorious occasion and pledge our continuing prayers for our Queen and her family. May this day be one of many blessings for them all.
The following prayer, written at the Queen’s direction by the Chapter of St. Paul’s Cathedral for Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee, will be used in the Jubilee Thanksgiving Service at St Paul’s Cathedral.
The Archbishops of Canterbury and York have commended it for use throughout the Church of England and other churches are also welcome to use it.
God of time and eternity,
whose Son reigns as servant, not master;
we give you thanks and praise
that you have blessed this nation, the realms and territories
our beloved and glorious Queen.
In this year of Jubilee,
grant her your gifts of love and joy and peace
as she continues in faithful obedience to you, her Lord and God,
and in devoted service to her lands and peoples,
and those of the Commonwealth,
now and all the days of her life;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
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