The Death of Queen Elizabeth II


CTS Compilation of Tributes

Howard Trust has shared this link to the CTS selection of tributes to the late Queen Elizabeth II.


Message from Bishop Alan Hopes


We have all been shocked and saddened by the announcement of the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II yesterday.  May the Lord welcome her into a place of light and peace and rest in his presence.  May he also surround King Charles and the Queen Consort and all the Royal Family and all of us who mourn her loss with his loving consolation. May he fill us with hope and confidence for the future as we pray for our country and the members of the Commonwealth.

There will be a Diocesan concelebrated Requiem Mass for the Queen in the cathedral during the days before the Funeral takes place. The date and time will be announced as soon as we know when that is arranged. It would be hoped that representatives from every parish and school and our religious communities would take part.

With all good wishes and prayer,

Yours sincerely in Christ,



Statement from the President of CBCEW on the Death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

 On 21 April 1947, on her twenty-first birthday, Princess Elizabeth said, ‘I declare before you all that my whole life whether it be long or short shall be devoted to your service.’

Now, seventy-five years later, we are heartbroken in our loss at her death, and so full of admiration for the unfailing way in which she fulfilled that declaration.

Even in my sorrow, shared with so many around the world, I am filled with an immense sense of gratitude for the gift to the world that has been the life of Queen Elizabeth II.

At this time, we pray for the repose of the soul of Her Majesty. We do so with confidence, because the Christian faith marked every day of her life and activity.

In her Millennium Christmas message, she said, ‘To many of us, our beliefs are of fundamental importance. For me the teachings of Christ and my own personal accountability before God provide a framework in which I try to lead my life. I, like so many of you, have drawn great comfort in difficult times from Christ’s words and example.’

This faith, so often and so eloquently proclaimed in her public messages, has been an inspiration to me, and I am sure to many. The wisdom, stability and service which she consistently embodied, often in circumstances of extreme difficulty, are a shining legacy and testament to her faith.

Our prayer is that she is now received into the merciful presence of God, there to be reunited with her beloved Prince Philip. This is the promise of our faith, and our deep consolation.

Queen Elizabeth II will remain, always, a shining light in our history. May she now rest in peace.

We pray for His Majesty the King, as he assumes his new office even as he mourns his mother.

God save the King.

Cardinal Vincent Nichols

President of the Catholic Bishops Conference of England and Wales




For the happy repose of HM The Queen


Almighty God,

You are the author and sustainer of all human life; grant that your servant, Elizabeth our Queen,

whom you granted a long and happy reign as Monarch of these lands may be forgiven her sins and rewarded with that eternal life promised to all those born again

in the water of baptism and power of your Spirit.

Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,

Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit God, forever and ever,


Eternal rest, grant to her O Lord,

And let Perpetual light shine upon her.

May she rest in peace. Amen.

May her soul, and the souls of all the faithful departed, Through the mercy of God, rest in peace.



Psalm 121 – A Song of Ascents

I lift up my eyes to the mountains; from where shall come my help? My help shall come from the Lord who made heaven and earth.

May he never allow you to stumble! Let him sleep not your guard.

No, he sleeps not nor slumbers, Israel’s guard.

The Lord your guard and your shade; at your right side he stands.

By day the sun shall not smite you, nor the moon in the night.

The Lord will guard you from evil; he will guard your soul.

The Lord will guard your going and coming, both now and forever.


Canticle of Simeon

(Luke 2:29-32)

At last, all-powerful Master, you give leave to your servant

to go in peace, according to your promise.

For my eyes have seen your salvation Which you have prepared for all nations, The light to enlighten the Gentiles

And give glory to Israel, your people.


Prayer for the Royal Family

 Almighty God, source of all consolation,

we pray for the members of the Royal Family who mourn the loss of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth.

Uphold them in your love

and pour out on them the consolation of your healing Spirit.

Let them find in your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ comfort in their sadness,

certainty in their doubt

and courage to live through this hour. We ask this through Christ our Lord Amen.


Prayer for the King

 O God, to whom every human power is subject, Grant to your servant His Majesty the King wisdom in the exercise of his high office,

so that, always revering to you and striving to please you, he may constantly secure and preserve

for the people entrusted to his care

the freedom that comes from unity and peace.

Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,

Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit God, forever and ever,


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