Queen Elizabeth II is lying in the state at Westminster Hall as thousands line up for miles to pay their respects. This ancient custom will be observed for four days until the day before the funeral on Monday morning. The coffin was received in a ceremony led by the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Dean of Westminster, including prayers, verses of scripture and choral music.
Seeing the Queen lying in state will stay with the mourners for the rest of their lives
Some members of the public had lined up for hours in the pouring rain to walk past the coffin and pay their respects, a moment described as deeply moving. The mirror spoke to mourners who said seeing the Queen lying in state was a “shattering experience” that will stay with them for the rest of their lives. They reported that the atmosphere was peaceful with much silence and many people were crying.
Expect tradition at the Queen’s funeral service
The Sun took a feature on the Dean of Westminster David Hoyle, who attended the ceremony today at Westminster Hall and will do so again for the Queen’s funeral on Monday, on both occasions with the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby. Asked about the funeral service, the Dean said nothing except: “It’s Westminster Abbey, it’s Her Majesty the Queen, I think you can assume you’re going to see tradition in action, the living tradition in action.” The order of service will be issued by Buckingham Palace on Sunday evening at 10:30 p.m.
Queen Elizabeth’s ‘true friendship’ with Jews and Judaism
Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, written in the Jewish Times, paid tribute to the Queen as an exemplary figurehead for the country: “Many Jewish organizations and charities remember with fondness the Queen’s genuine friendship with Jews and Judaism. She reached out to our community with interest and warmth, amplifying our common ideals and values. Through her patronage of the Council of Christians and Jews, the Queen has recognized the crucial importance of dialogue and reconciliation”.
The Queen “was a defender of the Jewish community”
Also writing in Jewish News, Claudia Mendoza and Michelle Janes, Co-Chief Executives of the Jewish Leadership Council, reflect on the late Queen’s relationship with the Jewish community: “An extremely important aspect of the Queen’s leadership for the Jewish community was the Queen’s faith and her respect for all religions. . She was an advocate for the Jewish community who made us feel welcome under her sovereignty. She was patron of many charities, but her role as patron of our member organization, Norwood, exemplifies her dedication to some of the most vulnerable people in our community.”
Bishop of Leeds: the end of an era that impacts the world
The Bishop of Leeds, Nick Baines, wrote in the Yorkshire Post that the queen’s death marks the end of an era. The Queen was admired and respected around the world and her death will impact ‘in ways we cannot yet fully understand or anticipate – not just on the UK, but also on the Commonwealth and the world at home. -of the”. He says that at the heart of that love is the Queen’s total commitment to duty and service deeply rooted in her life as a disciple of Jesus Christ. He suggests his legacy could be the lesson of how his faith drove his commitments and priorities. “It is this commitment that has allowed him to create a large space for everyone – of all faiths and none – to be free and flourish”.
Bishop of Worcester: The death of the Queen touches us deeply
The Bishop of Worcester, John Inge, writes in the Church hours, says the Queen “was a powerful symbol of steadfastness and security amid the changes and chances of this life. His passing is a stark reminder that nothing in this life is constant or sure. His death therefore connects us on a deep level, bringing back to us our own mortality and resonating painfully with the loss of those we have loved. He says the church can help those with feelings of anxiety and loss, by offering hope.
Catholic Bishop of Shrewsbury: losing someone who was part of all our lives
The Roman Catholic Bishop of Shrewsbury, Mark Davies, wrote a pastoral letter as the nation entered a week of mourning. “People today may not know how to respond to death and the sudden shock that comes with the loss of someone who has always been a part of our lives today. The faith we share in the cross and resurrection of Christ leads us to pray for those who have died… In this way our feelings of loss and grief are.. filled with Christian hope.This must always be our last duty of charity to all those we have known in this life, and it must surely be our last duty to Queen Elizabeth II, to pray that she rests in peace.”
Special services in memory of the Queen planned by all denominations
Hindus in liverpool will hold a prayer and condolence meeting this Sunday to mark the passing of the Queen. The meeting will be attended by Lord-Lieutenant of Merseyside Mark Blundell and Lord Mayor of Liverpool Cllr Roy Gladden.
In Newcastle on Sunday, a multi-faith service will be held in memory of the Queen, led by British Armed Forces Hindu Chaplain Acharya Krishan Kant Attri MBE. The Chronicle reports that the Hindu temple says the Queen oversaw “the transformation of British society into a multiracial, multicultural and multifaith community.”
A mosque in Stockton, on Teesside, lights up the exterior of the building in Union Jack colors in tribute to the Queen’s life. The Farooq E Azam Masij lights up daily after evening prayers and will continue to do so during the national mourning period
The Church of England suggests that special services be held at 6:00 p.m. this Sunday, the day before the funeral, following a nationally issued service order.
Is the constitutional monarchy a Jewish invention?
Historian Vernon Bogdanor, still in the Jewish News, wonders if constitutional monarchy is a Jewish invention, where the monarch reigns but does not rule, with powers restricted by Mosaic laws. “Over the past week, we have been reminded of the great advantage of constitutional monarchy, which is that it makes the transition from one head of state to another seamless. Charles III succeeded Elizabeth II immediately after her death and there could be no dispute over the succession. The king can therefore represent the whole nation, rather than a part of it… Our politicians symbolize the divisions of our society. The monarch, on the other hand, symbolizes our underlying unity and thus contributes to that stability that Jews value so much. The temperature Columnist Daniel Finkelstein says his grandmother, who had been in Stalin’s gulag, used to say, “As long as the Queen is safe at Buckingham Palace, I’m safe at Hendon Central!”
Predicting the Fall of Christian Affiliation in America
The Pew Research Center estimates that in America, the number of people identifying as Christians will drop to 35% by 2070, while the number of people checking the “no religion” or “none” box will rise to 52%. Our annual lecture by Professor Linda Woodhead on Tuesday, September 20, will examine similar trends in this country, what is meant by “non-religion” and how to interpret the census results when they are released in the fall. Details see below or here >>