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A servant chief who trusted God

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Christians and Church leaders have been paying tribute to the Queen’s Christian religion and tireless dedication to the nation. Here’s a assortment of a few of these responses. 

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby

As a trustworthy Christian disciple, and likewise Supreme Governor of the Church of England, she lived out her religion every single day of her life. Her belief in God and profound love for God was foundational in how she led her life – hour by hour, daily.

In The Late Queen’s life, we noticed what it means to obtain the present of life we have now been given by God and – by way of affected person, humble, selfless service – share it as a present to others.

Her Late Majesty discovered nice pleasure and fulfilment within the service of her individuals and her God, “whose service is ideal freedom” (BCP). For giving her entire life to us, and permitting her lifetime of service to be an instrument of God’s peace amongst us, we owe her a debt of gratitude past measure.

The Late Queen leaves behind a very extraordinary legacy: one that’s present in virtually each nook of our nationwide life, in addition to the lives of so many countries all over the world, and particularly within the Commonwealth.

It was my nice privilege to fulfill Her Late Majesty on many events. Her readability of considering, capability for cautious listening, inquiring thoughts, humour, exceptional reminiscence and extraordinary kindness invariably left me acutely aware of the blessing that she has been to us all.

The Archbishop of York, Stephen Cottrell

On the events I had the pleasure of assembly Her Majesty, I can testify to the heat and pleasure she introduced to each event. However most of all, it was the resolute actuality of her religion that struck me powerfully.

In Her Majesty’s first Christmas broadcast, forward of her Coronation she requested the nation, no matter their faith, to hope that God would give her knowledge and power to hold out the solemn promise she could be making and to faithfully serve God and us all the times of her life.

That’s most undoubtedly a prayer that has been answered. Her service to our nation and Commonwealth has been exemplified by her devotion to her obligation, which has at all times been supplied with pleasure. Underpinning this has been her deep religion in God and in her we have now witnessed God’s faithfulness at work.

Her Majesty leaves a exceptional legacy which not solely lives on on this nation, however stretches throughout the Commonwealth and the remainder of the world. Her want to carry individuals collectively and use her function to construct up communities and wider society has been a cornerstone of her reign.

The top of the Catholic Church in England and Wales, Cardinal Vincent Nichols 

In her Millennium Christmas message, she mentioned, ‘To many people, our beliefs are of elementary significance. For me the teachings of Christ and my very own private accountability earlier than God present a framework during which I attempt to lead my life. I, like so lots of you, have drawn nice consolation in troublesome occasions from Christ’s phrases and instance.’

This religion, so typically and so eloquently proclaimed in her public messages, has been an inspiration to me, and I’m positive to many. The knowledge, stability and repair which she constantly embodied, typically in circumstances of utmost problem, are a shining legacy and testomony to her religion.

Our prayer is that she is now obtained into the merciful presence of God, there to be reunited along with her beloved Prince Philip. That is the promise of our religion, and our deep comfort.

Queen Elizabeth II will stay, at all times, a shining gentle in our historical past. Might she now relaxation in peace. We pray for His Majesty the King, as he assumes his new workplace whilst he mourns his mom. God save the King.

The Moderator of the Normal Meeting of the Church of Scotland, Iain Greenshields

The religion, service and dedication of Her Majesty the Queen have been the hallmark of her lengthy reign. She has been the regular fixed within the lifetime of our nation for over seven a long time and most of us can have grown up realizing solely her as our monarch.

Her considerate and pertinent Christmas Day broadcasts gave an perception not solely into her private religion, but additionally mirrored the altering issues and attitudes of our nation. They had been at all times marked with quiet notion and quite a lot of affection.

Tireless in her obligation, the Queen has demonstrated a lifetime of selfless dedication. Her love for her household was mirrored in her love for our nation and the broader Commonwealth.

Wherever the Queen went she introduced encouragement and appreciation as she confirmed a real curiosity within the individuals she met.

The Church of Scotland has valued Her late Majesty’s beneficiant help, and seen in her non-public devotion somebody for whom religion remained central all through her lengthy life.

We ship our heartfelt condolences to the King, and all members of the Royal Household, assuring them of our prayers and finest needs within the days forward.

The Archbishop of Armagh & Primate of All Eire, John McDowell

Her affection for Eire as a complete was clear for all to see in the course of the memorable State Go to to the Republic of Eire in 2011, and her speech on the State Banquet ranks in political foresight and Christian conviction with the Golden Speech which Queen Elizabeth I made to the Home of Commons in 1601. That previously “we might have executed issues in a different way or not executed them in any respect” and that “we must always bow to the previous however not be sure by it” have been little gems of hope to many peacemakers within the following years. That they got here from somebody who had felt the tragedy of Eire so shut handy and who had lived by way of the uncertainties of a World Battle, when the result was typically removed from clear, gave her phrases an unchallengeable authority.

We thank God for the lifetime of Queen Elizabeth II, for her faithfulness to Him and to her calling, from which we have now gained a lot. To complete with some phrases from the primary Elizabeth’s Golden Speech however which discover an echo within the lifetime of Queen Elizabeth II, “… and we do confess that we handed not a lot to be a Queen, as to be a Queen of such topics … for whom we might willingly lose our life, ere see such to perish. I bless God that he hath by no means given me this fault or worry; for he is aware of finest, whether or not ever worry possessed me, for all my risks; I do know it’s his present; and to not conceal his glory, I say it”.

The prayers of the individuals of the Church of Eire are with the Queen’s household and all who had been closest to her. Might they know the presence of God very close to to them.

God save the King

The Bishop of London, Sarah Mullally

She was a lady of religion. In her 2014 Christian broadcast, the queen described Jesus Christ as ‘an anchor in my life and a job mannequin’. In a nation the place religion is commonly contended and generally despised, she made no excuse for her personal religion. And she or he didn’t conceal it. Quite the opposite, it was the engine of her devotion to service.

In an age that’s, on one hand, more and more secular, and on the opposite, fraught by spiritual conflicts, her method was winsomely inclusive. She was the top of the Church but in her speeches, she by no means tells anybody to go to church. Quite, she pointed to Jesus and the way he expanded her capability to like individuals with completely different beliefs. Total, her method has been testimonial, not argumentative. She advised the world concerning the inspiration that Jesus had been for her in her personal life and left others to resolve in the event that they had been focused on being impressed themselves.

The Nationwide Church Leaders Discussion board, representing Britain’s African and Caribbean Christian group

Britain’s Black Christian Group has at all times had the best respect for the Queen resulting from her religion, her fortitude and her dedication in serving this nation and the Commonwealth.

The Black Christian group shall be praying for the Royal Household at this troublesome time of private and nationwide bereavement. We shall be asking God to consolation and strengthen them as they arrive to phrases with their loss and make preparations for the Queen’s funeral.

When Queen Elizabeth II ascended the throne in 1952, she advised the nation ‘I declare earlier than you all that my entire life whether or not it’s lengthy or quick shall be dedicated to your service.’

All through her life Queen Elizabeth II remained true to that declaration and has been a champion for the Christian religion she espoused by way of her private witness and selfless service.

The Black Christian group in Britain are conscious of the troublesome historical past shared between their ancestors and the British Monarchy, the results of that are with us nonetheless at this time; and we sit up for the reign of King Charles III and the main target he’ll carry to our life collectively in Britain, the Caribbean, Africa and all over the world as individuals all created within the picture and likeness of God.

Arcbishop Angaelos, Coptic Orthodox Archbishop of London

Her Majesty is understood worldwide for her trustworthy witness and dedication to her Christian religion and her tireless service to our Nation, the Commonwealth, and certainly the world. She is kind of merely unmatched in her legacy, having served faithfully and joyfully as monarch for over seventy years, longer than some other monarch in British historical past; a testomony to her character and power of resolve. She can also be the one monarch that the majority of us can have ever identified.

Over the course of her reign, Her Majesty used her place for good, serving the nation by way of tireless visits to varied charities and organisations that serve the broader group and essentially the most susceptible. She is understood broadly for at all times taking her obligation as monarch and a daughter of Christ critically, evident in the best way she spoke and interacted with individuals from all backgrounds, and within the Messages shared with the world each Christmas and Easter amongst different particular moments all year long. Her Majesty’s uplifting and optimistic spirit was particularly heartening at occasions of problem over the course of her reign.

Her Majesty’s unfailing dedication to and help for members of the Church worldwide, and her gracious help of the ministry of the Coptic Orthodox Church right here in the UK, which have been demonstrated by way of numerous Messages despatched to our group through the years, won’t ever be forgotten, and can depart an enduring legacy for all these she has touched.

Her Majesty has obtained His Holiness the late Pope Shenouda III, and His Holiness Pope Tawadros II, each historic moments that shall be cherished by all inside the Coptic Orthodox Church worldwide.

It’s deeply shifting to see how Her Majesty’s Christian Religion was central to her service and ministry, and completely core to her being, and that love prolonged to members of all faiths and none which is actually inspiring.

Bible Society Chief Govt, Paul Williams 

The Queen’s religion has made an actual distinction to her reign and to the nation. She attended church greater than weekly, prayed and browse the Bible. Her Christian religion has been her information in the course of the highs and lows of her life and due to that she has been capable of be a secure and enduring presence in our nationwide life.

I feel that the Queen’s legacy is her instance of what true service and obligation appears like. Her entire life has been considered one of service. I feel the Queen shall be remembered consistent with these phrases from Proverbs 10.7, “The reminiscence of the righteous is a blessing.”

Former Chaplain to the Queen, Gavin Ashenden 

Queen Elizabeth exemplified the easiest of Christian virtues. Not everybody will perceive that the sort, forgiving, humorous, humble, dutiful and beneficiant constitutional grandmother was a product of dwelling out Christian advantage and a detailed relationship with a God she served and believed in passionately. In life and in loss of life she confirmed individuals an instance of how you can put God first and in doing so carry the easiest to the society she served.

Former Archishop of Canterbury, Lord Carey

The information of the loss of life of Her Majesty the Queen comes as a devastating shock to hundreds of thousands of individuals all over the world. It’s exhausting to imagine that, after 70 years, she is now not right here with us. Certainly, she has been the one fixed factor within the lives of most of us. We’re left with reminiscences in addition to gratitude for this exceptional human being whose distinctive hallmark has been obligation and repair.

The Fellowship of Unbiased Evangelical Church buildings

The Queen exemplified a lifetime of service, placing others earlier than herself and sometimes serving with out regard to non-public value – most noticeably seen in her crowded calendar and in the best way she dutifully carried out lots of her duties. She was a fantastic instance of such service at a time when such selflessness is more and more unusual.

We additionally affirm the general public method during which she spoke about her Christian religion. Such conspicuous allegiance to Christianity amongst public figures is uncommon and her boldness to say what she thought was at all times welcome.

We commit ourselves to hope for our new King, Charles III, and his Consort, Camilla.

The Free Church buildings Group

The Queen reigned for over 70 years and was significantly beloved for her service, power and knowledge. Her Christian witness has been a profound inspiration as she has faithfully served her God and her individuals. Presently of mourning our ideas exit to her household and specifically to the King whose non-public grief and public obligation lie closely upon him.

Heavenly Father, we thanks for the lengthy life and witness of your servant Elizabeth our Queen, and for the service she has given to you, our nation and the Commonwealth. Might you bless her household and convey your consolation and peace to them. Bless our nation as we mourn her loss of life and will her instance proceed to encourage us.

This we ask by way of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

The Evangelical Alliance 

Her way of life mirrored Christian values comparable to service, forgiveness, reconciliation, piety and it’s thought that prayer was an vital a part of the Queen’s life. She thanked individuals for his or her prayers in her ​”annus horribilis” speech, prayed every day, and spoke concerning the energy of prayer.

Supporters of the Queen word that she was dignified, and labored exhausting, sustaining 50-hour working weeks for many of her working life.

Many had been impressed by the Queen’s vulnerability and resilience within the wake of the lack of her husband, Prince Philip, illustrated so profoundly by the {photograph} which emerged of the Queen seated alone at his funeral.

Her legacy is considered one of devotion and repair to her individuals and a constant and sustaining religion in God, one of the vital well-known Christian public figures on the earth.

Chairman of the Gafcon Primates Council, Foley Seashore

All through her life, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has been a trustworthy Christian witness to the world and a defender of the Christian religion. Whereas we mourn her passing, we rejoice and provides thanks for her lengthy life and faithfulness to the Lord Jesus Christ. We pray for all of the Royal household, that of their time of mourning and grief, they could discover consolation within the Lord Jesus Christ, and peace from the Holy Spirit, which surpasses all understanding. We additionally pray for knowledge within the days forward for King Charles III, the royal family, and all of the nations of the Commonwealth.

Into your fingers, O merciful Saviour, we commend your servant Elizabeth. Acknowledge, we humbly beseech you, a sheep of your individual fold, a lamb of your individual flock, a sinner of your individual redeeming. Obtain her into the arms of your mercy, into the blessed remainder of eternal peace, and into the fantastic firm of the saints in gentle. Amen.

Chairman of the Nationwide Church buildings Belief, Luke March

As one of many first charities to be honoured with the Patronage of Queen Elizabeth, we have now been very  grateful to have had her help repeatedly all through her reign.

Church buildings are spectacular, thrilling, and stunning locations that assist to carry communities and our nation collectively.

All the time assured of her steadfast help, since 1953 we have now been capable of hold many 1000’s of them open, getting used and in good restore; a exceptional and enduring legacy to her help.

Thanks, Your Majesty.

Chair of the Affiliation of English Cathedrals, Jo Kelly-Moore

The Queen has been a beacon of hope, religion and unity in our nation and all through the world; a continuing within the midst of a lot change.

Our Queen has additionally been a fantastic help to the cathedrals of this land and the Commonwealth. Right here in the UK each cathedral is a part of her wealthy story as she has travelled the size and breadth of this nation throughout her lengthy and completely happy reign. So too, we have now been strengthened and supported by her prayers.

Now the cathedrals will be part of our prayers as, collectively, we give because of God for Her Majesty the Queen’s extraordinary life, based on her religion and seen in her gracious management and selfless service to us all.

As within the cathedrals of this land we have now prayed God’s blessing upon the Queen every single day of her reign, we achieve this once more now and we pray for her household at this unhappy time.

And we invite you, her individuals, to affix us. All our cathedrals are open so please come and add your voices,and prayers, in remembrance and thanks.

CARE Chief Govt, Ross Hendry

All through her exceptional seventy-year reign she was a delicate and secure presence in our nationwide life, bringing encouragement to hundreds of thousands of individuals.

The Queen shall be remembered as a servant chief, dedicated to the individuals of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Eire, and different nations throughout the Commonwealth.

Her humble disposition was impressed by her sturdy religion within the servant king, Jesus Christ, who she adopted and spoke of a lot all through the course of her life.

In fashionable occasions, religion is more and more relegated to the non-public sphere. The Queen’s life is a shining instance of a Christian dwelling out their religion publicly, for the widespread good.

Christian Support Chair and former Archbishop of York, John Sentamu

She devoted her life to the UK and the Commonwealth. We’ll at all times be glad about her actually exceptional service.

She leaves behind a robust legacy, not least in championing friendship between individuals of all faiths and races and promoted growth .

For many who share a Christian religion, her personal deep religion has been an inspiration – demonstrated all through her life in her phrases and actions.

Throughout this unhappy time for hundreds of thousands, we must always always remember that on the centre of nationwide and worldwide mourning, there’s a household grieving for his or her much-loved mom, grandmother and nice grandmother.

HOPE Collectively 

The HOPE group joins the nation in mourning as we are saying goodbye to our trustworthy Queen.

We’re praying for the royal household who’ve misplaced a beloved mom, grandmother and great-grandmother.

Collectively, we have now misplaced a exceptional chief who has been there for our nation by way of so many troublesome and good occasions. She has been a beacon of religion and hope, an instance of sacrificial service and a transparent witness to religion in Jesus Christ.

We don’t mourn with out hope however know that we’ll see her once more.

Might she relaxation in peace and rise in glory.

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