A Letter from Bishop Clarence

Dear Clergy, People and Friends of the Diocese
We mourn the death of her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Britain's longest-serving monarch, who died peacefully at her Scottish estate at Balmoral. We express our gratitude for her life and for her continued dedication to her global and public role leading the Commonwealth and Great Britain. We remember in our prayers the Church of England and the people of Great Britain as they mourn the loss of their Queen. We remember the Royal family including the King and Queen Consort and give thanks that her family are together at Balmoral, a place where they spent so many summers together, a place where the Queen found peace and renewal.
Queen Elizabeth was our Queen too, and we must care for each other as we mourn her death in our own ways, separately and together. There will be a special service of Thanksgiving that will bring us together to celebrate Queen Elizabeth’s life in the Holy Trinity Cathedral on Saturday, 17 September at 12 midday. Please join many others of our local communities and our clergy for this service.
In 1947, Queen Elizabeth promised to her people that ‘her whole life be it short or long will be dedicated to your service’ that she would just ‘give her heart’, and that she did throughout her reign of 70 years. She carried such dedicated service right to the very end, as she accepted the resignation of Boris Johnson and welcomed Liz Truss her 15th Prime Minister, so shortly before her death, both constitutional roles of much importance.
The Queen lived her Christian faith and was a faithful Christian disciple. As the Supreme Governor of the Church of England, the Queen lived out her faith every day of her life in patient, humble, selfless service. The Queen spoke of a faith that gave the light that no darkness could overcome.
Queen Elizabeth was possibly the most predominant female leader in the world, her impact, influence, and steadfast presence continued to be a shining light to us all through decades of change and challenge. She was a tireless champion of decency and humanity, her life deeply rooted in her Christian faith provided an example to us all.


In thanksgiving to the life of Her Majesty, the following prayer:
Almighty God, whose Son Jesus Christ exchanged the glory of a heavenly throne for the form of a servant,
we thank you that you have given Elizabeth our Queen a heart to serve her people,
and have kept her devoted in this service beyond all who were before her:
encourage us by her example to serve one another, and to seek the common good,
until you call us all to reign with Christ in your eternal kingdom.

Every blessing,
+ Clarence