CAFOD offers remembrance prayers for Her Majesty The Queen

9 September 2022

The loss of Her Majesty The Queen is deeply sad, we at CAFOD continue to hold the Queen and her family in our prayers.

The Queen dedicated her life to public service, championing many causes to help the most vulnerable during her reign.

This includes personally supporting the Disasters Emergency Committee's (DEC) East Africa Crisis Appeal in 2017, which CAFOD was involved in.

We know that many people will want to remember the Queen and her family in their prayers at this difficult time. With that in mind, you may wish to use the prayer intentions below for private prayer or to pray with your friends, colleagues or loved ones. There are more remembrance prayers available here.

Pray for The Queen

Eternal rest grant unto her, O Lord,
and let perpetual light shine upon her.
May she rest in peace.
Amen.

A remembrance prayer

God of our longing,
hear our prayers
protect our dreams,
and listen to our silent hopes.

Deal gently with our pain,
speak to our sadness,
and remove the barriers 
that imprison our spirit.

Shed your light
where shadows are cast,
that we may feel your warmth
and know your presence.

Give us courage 
to hold fast to our vision
that we may build our world
and create our future.

Amen.

Annabel Shilson-Thomas/CAFOD

A prayer for The Queen's family

Bless those who mourn, eternal God,
with the comfort of your love
that they may face each new day with hope
and the certainty that nothing can destroy
the good that has been given.
May their memories become joyful,
their days enriched with friendship,
and their lives encircled by your love.

Amen.

Vienna Cobb Anderson, from Prayers of Our Hearts (1991, Crossroad Publishing Co.)

More prayers for the repose of the soul of Her Majesty are available from the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales.

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