Following the peaceful death on Thursday of our beloved Queen Elizabeth II, the Catholic Bishops of England and Wales have released this prayer, which you may like to make your own today and in the following days:

‘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, Amen.

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. Amen’.


May God bless you specially at this time of national bereavement, and keep you close to Himself.