Along with many of you, we were of course deeply saddened by the death of His Royal Highness, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh who died on 9th April aged 99.
He was wholeheartedly dedicated to his wife, Her Majesty the Queen, throughout their 73 years of marriage. We also remember with gratitude his great service to the nation and the Commonwealth and the many interests of which he was Patron, including the wonderful legacy of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme which has benefited so many young people.
Following the death of the Duke of Edinburgh, many will wish to give thanks for the late Duke’s life and remember him in prayer and to pray too for The Queen, the Royal Family and all who mourn.
Those wishing to pay their respects to His Royal Highness Prince Philip are invited to submit a message to the Church of England’s online book of condolence and for all who wish to pray and pay their respects in person, Bath Abbey will be open daily for the next nine days, with all due Covid safety measures in place. There will also be an online commemorative service from Wells Cathedral at 6pm on the day before the funeral.
As Vicar of Widcombe Parish along with our congregations of St Thomas à Becket and St Matthews, our thoughts and prayers are with Her Majesty The Queen and the Royal Family, and with all who grieve. May each one know the strong hope of the Resurrection this Easter season, and may Prince Philip rest in Peace, and rise in Glory. Amen.
Love and prayers,
Rev Tim Buckley
Eternal God, our heavenly Father, we bless your holy name for all that you have given us in and through the life of Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.
We give you thanks:
for his long and full life;
for his strength of character;
and for his devotion and service to family, nation and Commonwealth.
We praise you for:
the many contributions he made to our national life;
and the encouragement he gave to so many, especially to the young.
Accept our thanks and praise, we pray,
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen