Prayers for the Queen

A set of special prayers are being offered for celebrations of the Queen’s 90th Birthday. 

As the nation prepares to celebrate Her Majesty the Queen’s 90th birthday, the Liturgical Commission has issued some prayers which have been personally approved by Her Majesty: two collects (one in traditional language, and one in contemporary language) for use at services celebrating her 90th birthday, and two graces for use at church and community gatherings such as the many planned street parties.

The traditional language collect will be used at Canterbury Cathedral on the relevant days and, however you are planning to celebrate this milestone, you are invited to make use of these resources in your own communities.

Collects:

Heavenly Father, who hast brought our gracious sovereign Queen Elizabeth to the completion of her ninetieth year, and dost gather her people in celebration of the same: grant that we, rejoicing before thee with thankful hearts, may ever be united in love and service to one another, and her kingdom flourish in prosperity and peace, through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Heavenly Father,
as we celebrate the ninetieth birthday of Her Majesty the Queen,
receive our heartfelt thanks
for all that you have given her in these ninety years
and for all that she has given to her people.
Continue, we pray, your loving purposes in her,
and as you gather us together in celebration,
unite us also in love and service to one another;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Graces:

Bountiful God, giver of all good gifts,
we give thanks for the many years and long reign of our Queen;
Bless our food, our neighbourhood,
and our enjoyment of each other’s company.
Help us to learn from Queen Elizabeth’s commitment to her people,
so that our community may be strengthened
and all may flourish.
We ask this in the name of Jesus, the King of love.

Gracious God, give our Queen continued wisdom and strength
to carry out the promises she has made;
and bless (this food, and) those who are gathered here,
that, sustained by service for others,
we may faithfully serve you, all the days of our life.
[With words from The Queen’s First Christmas Broadcast, 1952]

Note: Other liturgical resources ‘for the Sovereign’ can be found in Common Worship: Festivals page 367 (for use at Holy Communion) and Common Worship: Daily Prayer page 545 (for use at the daily offices).”