“Go forth, O Christian soul, of this world”

Queen Elizabeth II’s state funeral once again highlights the monarch’s deep faith, who scrupulously tried to keep her political and social beliefs to herself – but did not shy away from sharing her belief in Christ .

Monday’s state funeral at Westminster Abbey, whose oldest foundations date back to the reign of St Edward the Confessor nearly a thousand years ago, was considered the largest gathering of world leaders and crowned heads Of the history.

Representatives of many world religions, including Buddhism, Hinduism, Judaism, Islam and Zoroastrianism, attended, but the Christian character of the service was unmistakable.

Readings of Christian scripture greeted the Queen’s coffin as it was transformed into an abbey, first and foremost the iconic words from the Book of John: “I am the resurrection and the life, saith the Lord: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet he shall live; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die.

On a note of humility, given the quintessentially British pomp and ceremony of the day’s events, were the equally iconic words of Timothy and Job: “We have brought nothing to the world, and it is certain that we can’t do anything. The Lord gave, and the Lord took away; blessed be the name of the Lord.

The coffin of Queen Elizabeth II with the Imperial State Crown resting on top is carried by the pallbearer into Westminster Abbey during the State Funeral of Queen Elizabeth II on September 19, 2022 in London, England . Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor was born in Bruton Street, Mayfair, London on April 21, 1926. She married Prince Philip in 1947 and ascended the throne of the United Kingdom and Commonwealth on February 6, 1952 after the death of her father, King George VI. Queen Elizabeth II died at Balmoral Castle in Scotland on September 8, 2022 and was succeeded by her eldest son, King Charles III. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)

A so-called royal particular, Westminster Abbey is under the direct authority of the monarch as supreme governor of the Church of England, an Anglican denomination, rather than a clergyman, and is not part of no diocese.

The Church of England was not the only Christian denomination represented at the state funeral, however, with representatives of the Roman Catholic Church, Eastern Orthodox denominations and Eastern Orthodox denominations also present alongside various streams of the Protestantism – perhaps most notably the Church of Scotland, a Presbyterian church which the monarch is sworn to uphold.

“Let us give thanks to God for the long life and reign of Queen Elizabeth, remembering with gratitude her gifts of wisdom, diligence and service,” said the Reverend Dr. Iain Greenshields, moderator of the General Assembly of the Church. of Scotland, during prayers. .

“God, from whom comes all that is right and true: accept our thanks for the gifts of heart and mind which you bestowed on your daughter Elizabeth, and which she manifested among us by her words and deeds; and grant us the grace to live our lives according to your will, to seek the good of others and to remain faithful servants until the end of our lives; through Jesus Christ our Lord,” he continued.


A pallbearer from the Queen’s Company, 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards, carries the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II, draped in the Royal Standard, to Westminster Abbey in London on September 19, 2022, ahead of the state funeral service. (Photo by JACK HILL/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

The commendation was read by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, the de facto head of the Church of England – at least in terms of how he is treated by the media.

“Let us commend to the mercy of God, our Creator and Redeemer, the soul of Elizabeth, our late Queen,” he said.

“Come out, O Christian soul, from this world, in the name of God the Father Almighty, who created you; in the name of Jesus Christ, Son of the living God, who suffered for you; in the name of the Holy Spirit, who was poured out on you and anointed you. In fellowship with all the blessed saints, and aided by angels and archangels and all the armies of the heavenly host, may your portion be in peace this day, and may your dwelling place be in heavenly Jerusalem.

After the state funeral service, the Queen’s coffin was taken to St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, for a final public service and interment alongside her late husband, Prince Philip.


Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin, draped in Royal Standard, is carried inside Westminster Abbey in London on September 19, 2022, ahead of the state funeral service. (Photo by BEN STANSALL/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

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