Collect and Readings for Sunday 6th February 2022 – The 70th Anniversary of the Accession of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second – Proverbs 8.1-17, 1 Peter 2.11, St. Matthew 22.16The Prayer for today O GOD, who provides for your people by your power, and rules over them in love: Vouchsafe so to bless your Servant our Queen, that under her this nation may be wisely governed, and your Church may serve you in all godly quietness; and grant that she being devoted to you with her whole heart, and persevering in good works until the end, may, by your guidance, come to your everlasting kingdom; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, ever one God, world without end. Amen.
The sixth of February marks the day 70 years ago when HRH Prince Philip broke the news to Her Majesty the Queen in Kenya that her beloved father, His Majesty King George the Sixth had died. I am sure that most of us will know how it feels to hear the news that a parent has died, and it is usually an immensely sad and distressing time.
However, for the Queen, not only was it a time of personal grief and loss. It was a life-changing moment for her as she took on the duty and responsibility of monarchy. Only a few years earlier on her 21st birthday she gave a speech in which she said: 'I declare before you all that my whole life, whether it be long or short, shall be devoted to your service' and of course 70 years ago this was the moment when she really had to begin to keep that promise.
Kingship or Queenship is not just about service, although that is a good starting point. It is about duty, humility, and wisdom. It is a lonely role and you need a rock from which you can draw strength. Our Queen had her husband as her rock until last year. But that was not the only thing that has sustained her through the good and the bad, through the ups and downs of her long reign.
The Queen is a woman of devout faith and lives her life based on complete trust in and dependence on God. At her coronation in Westminster Abbey she made solemn vows before God. These include specific reference to uphold the Laws of God and the true profession of the Gospel.
Over the years the Queen has taken her promises extremely seriously and is known to practice her faith with diligence. I think that we can all learn a lot from her commitment, reliance on God and willingness to speak out about her Christian faith. My we follow her example.
We pray that she will continue to wisely guide and lead the nation for many years to come.
God save the Queen
God bless and stay safe and well.
Rev'd Fiona Robinson