Diamond Jubilee Celebrations Begin *Updated

by Michael Ford last modified 24 Feb, 2012 04:29 PM

Monday 6 February is the 60th anniversary of the accession to the throne of Queen Elizabeth II. Parishes in Wiltshire and Dorset will start celebrating Her Majesty the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee from this date.

Diamond Jubilee Celebrations Begin *Updated

Queen Elizabeth II after her Coronation. Photo: PA

The Salisbury Diocesan Guild of Ringers is encouraging all their members to ring the bells of the churches across the Diocese at some point on the day. There will be a 12noon service in Wimborne Minster, led by the new Rector, Revd Vanessa Herrick.

Parishes are being encouraged to use the Church of England’s resources and ideas, including a prayer written by the Chapter of St Paul's Cathedral available from the Church of England's website, and to sign up for the Big Lunch being organised by Cornwall’s Eden Project.

The Revd Christopher Woods, Secretary of the Liturgical Commission and National Worship Adviser, said: "The fact that Her Majesty has been our Queen for 60 years and is still full of enthusiasm and joy is the occasion for a great deal of celebration and thanksgiving to God. To this end, the Church of England is delighted to compile prayers, both traditional and modern, to be used in church services in 2012: on Monday, February 6th, to celebrate The Queen's accession to the throne; on Sunday, June 3rd, during the Jubilee weekend; and at other times during the year."

The Bishop of Salisbury, Nicholas Holtam, said, “Her Majesty the Queen has been and continues to be a wonderful example of faith and service to this and many nations. We are deeply fortunate to have been blessed with her as our sovereign for 60 years. I encourage all in the Diocese to use the worship resources prepared by the Church of England in order to give thanks for her Diamond Jubilee, and also to help us continue to pray for her. I hope also that by joining together for a Big Jubilee Lunch or barbecue we can make new friends and help strengthen our local communities just as the Queen has always worked to strengthen the common life of our nation.”

ENDS

Further information contact
Michael Ford, Communications Co-ordinator
01722 438651, 07500 836989, michael.ford@salisbury.anglican.org

Links
Our Jubilee events page 
Salisbury Diocesan Guild of Ringers
Church of England's Diamond Jubilee resources
The Big Lunch website 

Notes
The prayer will be used in the Jubilee Thanksgiving Service in St Paul's Cathedral on Tuesday 5 June: the Archbishops of Canterbury and York have commended it for use throughout the Church of England.

The Diamond Jubilee Prayer reads:

God of time and eternity,
whose Son reigns as servant, not master;
we give you thanks and praise
that you have blessed this Nation, the Realms and Territories
with ELIZABETH,
our beloved and glorious Queen.
In this year of Jubilee,
grant her your gifts of love and joy and peace
as she continues in faithful obedience to you, her Lord and God
and in devoted service to her lands and peoples,
and those of the Commonwealth,
now and all the days of her life;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

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