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St Clement Evening Commemoration Service and Vigil for the late Queen Elizabeth II Sunday 18.9.22


The minister says

Jesus said, I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in me,

though he die, yet shall he live, and whoever lives and believes in me shall

never die. 

John 11.25,26


I am sure that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor

things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor

anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of

God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Romans 8:38,39


In the name of Christ, who died and was raised to the glory of God the Father, grace, mercy and peace be with you.


We meet this night to remember before God our late Sovereign Lady QUEEN ELIZABETH, to renew our trust and confidence in Christ, and to pray that together we may be one in him, through whom we offer our prayers and praises to the Father.


O God, make speed to save us.

O Lord, make haste to help us.


Hymn; ‘Thy Hand O God has Guided’



Let us pray

Blessed are you, Lord our God, lover of souls: you uphold us in life and sustain us in death: to you be glory and praise for ever! For the darkness of this age is passing away as Christ the bright and morning star brings to his saints the light of life. As you give light to those in darkness, who walk in the shadow of death, so remember in your kingdom your faithful servant, ELIZABETH, that death may be for her the gate to life and to unending fellowship with you; where with your saints you live and reign, one in the perfect union of love, now and for ever. Amen.



Psalm 23.

The Lord is my shepherd;  

therefore can I lack nothing.

He makes me lie down in green pastures  

and leads me beside still waters.

He shall refresh my soul  

and guide me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.

Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death

I will fear no evil; for you are with me;

your rod and your staff, they comfort me.

You spread a table before me

in the presence of those who trouble me;  

you have anointed my head with oil and my cup shall be full.

Surely goodness and loving mercy shall follow me

all the days of my life,  

and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.


Glory to the Father and to the Son

and to the Holy Spirit; as it was in the beginning is now

and shall be for ever. Amen.


Revelation 21.1-7

Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying,

‘See, the home of God is among mortals.

He will dwell with them; they will be his peoples,

and God himself will be with them;

he will wipe every tear from their eyes.

Death will be no more; mourning and crying and pain will be no more,

for the first things have passed away.’

And the one who was seated on the throne said, ‘See, I am making all things new.’ Also he said, ‘Write this, for these words are trustworthy and true.’ Then he said to me, ‘It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give water as a gift from the spring of the water of life. Those who conquer will inherit these things, and I will be their God and they will be my children.


This is the word of the Lord.  Thanks be to God.

Let us pray.


Lord, have mercy upon us.

Christ, have mercy upon us.

Lord, have mercy upon us.


Our Father, who art in heaven,

hallowed be thy name;

thy kingdom come;

thy will be done;

on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread.

And forgive us our trespasses,

as we forgive those who trespass against us.

And lead us not into temptation;

but deliver us from evil.

For thine is the kingdom,

the power and the glory,

for ever and ever. Amen.


The souls of the righteous are in the hand of God,

And there shall no torment touch them.


You, Lord, have delivered my soul from death,

My eyes from tears and my feet from falling.


I will walk before the Lord

In the land of the living.


Merciful Father and Lord of all life, we praise you that we are made in

your image and reflect your truth and light. We thank you for the life of

our late Sovereign Lady QUEEN ELIZABETH, for the love she received

from you and showed among us. Above all, we rejoice at your gracious

promise to all your servants, living and departed, that we shall rise again at

the coming of Christ. And we ask that in due time we may share with your

servant Elizabeth that clearer vision promised to us in the same Christ our

Lord. Amen.





Eternal God, our maker and redeemer, grant us, with your servant

QUEEN ELIZABETH and all the faithful departed, the sure benefits of

your Son’s saving passion and glorious resurrection: that, in the last day, when you gather up all things in Christ, we may with them enjoy the fullness of your promises; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.



Almighty God, Father of all mercies and giver of all comfort: deal

graciously, we pray, with all who mourn, the members of the Royal

Family, this Nation and all the Nations of the Commonwealth, that

casting all our care on you, we may know the consolation of your love;

through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.




Into your hands, O Father and Lord, we commend your servant, our

late Sovereign Lady QUEEN ELIZABETH. Enlighten her with your holy

grace and suffer her never to be separated from you, O Lord in Trinity,

God everlasting.

May God in his mercy grant us, with all the faithful departed, rest and peace.



Hymn; ‘O God our help in ages past’



Concluding Prayer

Almighty God, the fountain of all goodness, bless our Sovereign Lord

KING CHARLES and all who are in authority under

him; that they may order all things in wisdom and equity, righteousness

and peace, to the honour of your name, and the good of your Church and

people; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


The Blessing

May God in his infinite love and mercy bring the whole Church, living and departed, to a joyful resurrection and the fulfilment of his eternal kingdom, and the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, be among you and remain with you always. Amen.


The National Anthem

God save our gracious King,

Long live our noble King,

God save the King.

Send him victorious,

Happy and glorious,

Long to reign over us:

God save the King.


Thy choicest gifts in store

On him be pleased to pour,

Long may he reign.

May he defend our laws,

And ever give us cause,

To sing with heart and voice,

God save the King.



The Vigil


We now take the time to gather our thoughts and offer our private prayers for all who grieve this night as we listen to:


‘The Kontakion of the Departed’ 





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